Importation of raw materials crippling industries By Jacky Achan
Full article: New VisionLOW levels of research funding in Uganda have been blamed for the continued importation of materials needed for industrial production.
The observation was made by Anne Wampamba from the National Science Foundation, US at the first Pearl of Africa Distinguished Lecture Series organised by the department of physics at Makerere University recently.
“There is a lot of innovation going on in the country. Makerere University has an electric car, but were all the materials researched and made in Uganda or were they imported?” Wampamba asked.
She said Uganda may not register meaningful growth in its key development sectors if research and innovation for local material are not taken seriously. “We have knowledgeable people in Uganda who can create materials so that we can export quality products that match standards of the developed world,” she added.