China’s footprint in Uganda’s industrial sector

Made in Uganda. Chinese Ambassador Zheng ZhuQiang (right) shows to the Vice President, Mr Edward Ssekandi (second right), some of the iron bars made by Tian Tang company in Mbalala on the Kampala- Jinja highway last year. PHOTOS BY RACHEL MABALA

What you need to know:

  • Industrialisation: The government’s policy blue print, the National Development Plan, lists the industrial sector as one of the catalysts to a long-term development path towards a successful economy marked by high levels of economic growth.
  • However, when it comes to walking the talk, government’s efforts seem wanting and is banking mostly on efforts by the Chinese, writes Frederic Musisi.

If you had been given a decade to ponder, you would never have imagined that Kapeeka in Nakaseke District, about 63km from the capital Kampala, would emerge from shadows of the guerrilla war that brought President Museveni to power in 1986.
Today, Kapeeka, which is part of the wider Luwero Triangle that was ravaged by the war against the Obote government, is teeming with economic activity – thanks partly to the mad rush for land in surrounding areas and development of Namunkekera Rural Industrial Centre or China-Uganda Agricultural Industrial Park in Namunkekera.

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