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Exceptional. The governor was recognised for his illustrious public service.
Kampala. Makerere University Private Sector Forum (MUPSF) has unveiled a Shs124b ($35m) Mutebile centre of excellence for private sector development.
The centre will be constructed at the university in honour of Central Bank governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile.
The project, whose construction is estimated to kick off in three months, will serve as a database for information to the public, according to MUPSF executive director Nuha Mwesigwa Akiiki.
“The project will also act as a data centre for exhibitions of innovations, research products, and centre for knowledge transformation and information exchange across all sections including education, economics to politics, among others,” said Mr Mwesigwa.
Governor’s illustrious service
Mr Mwesigwa added that the project which intends to bridge the gap between the private sector and academia, was constructed to recognise Mr Mutebile’s illustrious public service and commitment to national development, intellectual vibrancy in monetary policy, banking and finance and private sector development in Uganda and beyond.
“We also wanted to recognise his prominence and reputation to the international community, a career he began at Makerere University in 1970,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Mutebile said the centre will boost Makerere University’s contribution towards the social and economic development of the country.
He said: “This linkage will ensure that Makerere’s research innovations and human resources are combined with financial, industrial, and entrepreneurial capacities in the private sector so as to enhance the social and economic development of the country.”
The university also honoured Mr Mutebile with a chair in monetary policy, banking and finance.