DHL, an international express and logistic company will at the beginning of next year start a training programme aimed at skilling and supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda.
According to Mr Charles Brewer, the managing Director of DHL Sub-Saharan Africa the training will attract every willing enterprising individual who can access the internet and a few who will be accommodated at their offices in Kampala.
The training will cover how to link local business globally, financial support, customer -buyer relationship and self-recognition and motivation.
Mr Brewer said: “the potential in Uganda is enormous and we will sign an agreement with the Ugandan ministries and some banks to do give people skills and support,” He said.
He also revealed that DHL will open a $2m facility that will employ Ugandans and also quicken services they offer to their customers.
The director decried the high rates of transport fares specifically in Africa which he attributed to “unconnectivity of the continent”.
“Africa is the most unconnected and locked continent in the world. In Europe, goods are easily transported by rail, road, water or air across continents but in Africa it is most by Air which makes it expensive,” he noted.
He also called upon the East African governments to soften the regulations on cross border trade to quicken the licensing of businesses and processing of visas.
“How can we take days just to process a visa yet we are a competitive world?” He wondered.
The 35 year old transport company in Africa also plans to invest more in transporting bulky goods like animals, more cargo carriers and supply chain and will bring on board 17 new air crafts. The young and growing population in Africa according to DHL officials is an indicator that Africa is the future of the world more investors are likely to come but he challenged local leaders to provide leadership.