Kampala. Truck drivers in the logistics sector will have to be certified if sanity is to be brought in one of the most fragmented sectors of Uganda.
Speaking ahead of the Global Logistics Conference in Kampala next week, Dr Merian Sebunya the National Logistics Platform chairman structured under Private Sector Foundation Uganda, said the certification will be an attempt to maintain professionalism in the sub-sector.
However, he said, this will be achieved through partnership across the economic divide given that logistics companies do not work in isolation.
The logistics sub-sector, according to Mr Hussein Kiddedd, the Uganda Freight Forwarders Association chairman, has been affected because of its fragmented setting thus lacking a clear strategy.
“Even at the policy levels, everything is fragmented,” he said, emphasising the need to draw up a clear strategy that can sufficiently develop the sector.
Mr Kiddedde who is also the chief executive officer of Graben 4PL, a logistic and transport company, said the lack of skilled labour in the sector has also made it difficult for the industry to attract affordable credit from financiers.
“It is only here where you entrust a huge investment with a primary school dropout. These things shouldn’t be happening. We need to professionalise the industry,” pointing to the lack of professionalism in the logistics sub-sector.
However, speaking at the same function, Mr Gideon Badagawa, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda executive director, urged that for Uganda to attain the much needed competitiveness, there is need to bring down the cost of doing business.
Played key role. Over years, Uganda has played a key role in the Great Lakes logistics sector bonding supplies for a number of countries such as South Sudan and DR Congo.
This has been the case notwithstanding the fact that Uganda is a land locked country.