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Importation of raw materials crippling industries By Jacky Achan

LOW 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.
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Coffee exports decline in volume, value

Kampala. Coffee, Uganda’s leading export commodity, has exhibited a decline in both volume and value for the last 12 months.
Experts in the industry say this is not a good sign for the country’s general exports performance and it shrink farmers’ purchasing power.
The latest report from Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) shows that on a year-on-year basis between December 2013 and November 2014, 3.48 million bags worth Shs1.1 trillion ($405 million) were exported.
This performance exhibited a decline from the 3.65 million bags worth $430 million (Shs1 trillion) earned the same period from December 2012 to November 2013,” the report noted.
From December 2013 to November 2014 and between December 2012 and November 2013, there was a 4.8 per cent and 6.1 per cent decline in both volume and value, respectively.
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Uganda's Geothermal Power Dream Gets UN Boost by Wambi Michael

Uganda's vision to tap into its huge geothermal energy potential may soon be realized as a newly established United Nations body, The Climate Technology Centre Network- CTCN sends experts to advise on this untapped renewable energy source.

Uganda has not exploited its geothermal potential over the years due to of lack of technical expertise. There are less than thirty experts in the country versed with this technology.

But officials from the Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN) confirmed that Uganda's Ministry of Energy asked for technical support over the potential of beginning geothermal power generation in areas of Buranga, Kibiro and Panyimur.

The three sites are located in the tectonically active volcanic belt in the Rift valley along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jukka Usukainen, the CTCN Director confirmed that Uganda is among the nine countries seeking for support towards renewable energy solutions like solar and geothermal.
Jukka was speaking to Uganda Radio Network on the sidelines of the on-going UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

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However, Paul Isabirye, the National Focal Point Person at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in an interview said he had not been briefed about Uganda's application to the Climate Technology Centre Network.

He said Godfrey Bahati, the Assistant Commissioner, department of Geological survey and mines would be the best person to contact. Bahati is however not in Lima yet.

The country's real geothermal potential is yet to be established but officials from the department of Geological Survey and mines have in the past estimated that about 450 MW of geothermal energy power potential of the country.

Besides the lack of expertise, studies done else in other countries like United States and Nordic countries indicate that the initial cost of establishing geothermal plants are high compared hydro-electric power.

Phillip Hauser, Vice President of a Latin America-bases GDF Suez Energy investment firm in an interview said the cost may be at the initial investment but would become lower in the long run compared to hydroelectricity.

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Geothermal energy comes from reservoirs of steam and hot water beneath the earth's surface.

Some U.S. and the Nordic geothermal companies at the Climate Conference say are beginning to see East Africa and Uganda as an area for potential investment in geothermal.

Neighboring Kenya already runs a huge geothermal plant.

Read more: http://ugandaradionetwork.com/a/story.php?s=69314#ixzz3On5b0skd
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Italians Win Uganda Solar Energy Project

Kampala — A Ugandan-Italian consortium Simba Telecom/Building Energy SPA and the consortium of Access/TSK Electronica of United Arab Emirates and Spain will invest $38million in two Solar Power Energy projects in Eastern Uganda.

The two consortium companies will generate 20MW of electricity, each generating 10MW in Soroti and Tororo districts in Eastern Uganda.

The United Arab Emirates and Spanish consortium of Access/TSK Electronica will invest $20million in their Soroti Solar power project while the Uganda/Italy consortium of Simba Telecom and Building Energy SPA will put in $18million for the Tororo solar power.

According to Ziria Tibalwa Waako, the Electricity Regulatory Authority Director Technical Regulation the average tariff for the first 20MW solar PV projects over the 20 year operation will cost USD cents 16.37 per Kilo Watt Hour, however, the Uganda end users will pay USD cents 11 Per Kilo Watt Hour.

The remaining USD Cents 5.37 per Kilo Watt Hour will be paid by GET FiT Uganda solar facility in form of result based premium payments per KWH of delivered electricity. The funding will be availed by the Europen Union Infrastructure Trust Fund through KfW, the German Development Bank.
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KAMPALA COMMUTER TRAINS NOW IN ‘TEST PHASE’

Rift Valley Railways and the Kampala Capital City Authority are now in the final phase of carrying out tests before the formal launch of commuter trains from the outskirts into the city centre.

The passenger service will according to information received originate in Namanve, a new manufacturing and service hub created by the Uganda Investment Authority, and terminate at the main railway station in the heart of Kampala’s business district.

Stops enroute will allow additional passengers to board the train at Namboole, Kireka, Nakawa and Bugolobi, at a cost of 1.700 Uganda Shillings, way below the fare charged by passenger busses.

The test run yesterday took about one hour, also way less than what vehicles take from Namanve into the centre of Kampala during rush hour. Trains will operate from daybreak until dusk and from additional details obtained will the service officially launch in March this year. Additional routes are also planned once the initial service has taken root, connecting the line to and from Port Bell, Kampala’s lakeside harbour.

Rift Valley Railways has refurbished a number of passenger coaches and set aside locomotives to run the trains, able to do so after receiving more of the ordered 20 brand new GE locomotives the company is importing from the United States.

In a related development it was also learned that RVR believes to be on course to meet and beat all the performance target set for them by the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the uplift of cargo from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi and Kampala, following investments totaling nearly 300 million US Dollars in new locomotives, cargo monitoring and management systems and the introduction of more rolling stock into the fleet
https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/testing-testing-watch-out-for-kampalas-commuter-trains/
 

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KCCA blames government for delayed railway project



Negotiations between government and Rift Valley Railways have delayed the revival of railway transport.
This is according to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jennifer Musisi.
While touring the Namanve railway line that’s under repair, Musisi said that work is in progress on their side but government has not finalized with Rift Valley Company.
She says their plan was to have the first passenger train from Namanve running this month but this may stretch to March.
Musisi says after completion, it will only cost Sh1,700 for a passenger to move from Namanve to Kampala with no hustle, calling upon the public to support the project.
Works on the railway line stalled on parliament orders to allow investigations into allegations of corruption.
http://kfm.co.ug/news/kcca-blames-government-for-delayed-railway-project.html
 

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KCCA tests passenger train

KAMPALA- At about 9:15am yesterday, a crowd had formed inside the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) compound in Kampala to witness a train test run that would mark one more step in efforts to establish passenger train services in the city.

“This is the beginning of decongesting the city,” Ms Jennifer Musisi, the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority, said at the event.

Ms Musisi estimated that while train transport will be used by more than 10,000 people a day, the suspended Pioneer Bus shuttles will resume operations soon and KCCA has received proposals from transport operating companies to ship in more than 300 buses in the city.

The test run started from RVR office in Kampala, made stops in Bugolobi, Kireka and finally in Namanve covering that distance in approximately 58 minutes.

The train services are expected to commence in March, three months later than the date set in an earlier KCCA communication.

Ms Musisi explained that government had signed a pact with RVR allowing only cargo transport which meant the agreement had to be amended.

Mr Stephen Wakasenza, an official with RVR, said the 600-seater train will run from Namanve station at 7:30am. and close business at 5:30pm. Along the way, the train will make stops in Kireka, Nakawa, Namboole and finally in Kampala. Each passenger will part with Shs1,700 for each route.

Ms Betty Nabunya, one of the few passengers on the train yesterday, said reviving railway transport will help tame high transports fares charged by commuter taxis.

The other routes expected in the near future include from Nalukolongo station to Wankulukuku leading to Kampala and the Port Bell-Kampala line.
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Looks like I'm reading old news here but surely trains will help to take the congestion off our roads. People will be able to avoid kampala's notorious traffic jams by taking the trains instead of needlessly driving into the city. It's a step towards the right direction. Great post @Aaraldi
 

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President Receives Visiting Malaysia Transformation Minister
Sunday, 31st July 2016



President Yoweri Museveni has received and held a meeting with the visiting Malaysian Minister in Charge of the National Transformation Programme in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Dato’Sri Idris Jala, who called on him yesterday at Kyankwanzi State Lodge in Kyankwanzi district.

Mr. Jala commended President Museveni’s policy of sector prioritization in development saying that focusing on many things makes government lose truck.
“In Malyasia, we were growing rapidly as a middle income country but got stuck because we were doing so many things. We then realized that we needed to focus on key areas,” he said.

He observed that for Uganda to move to a middle class economy, the government must set priority areas, fund the identified areas under the budget and ensure that they are implemented.

Mr. Jala who also doubles as Chief Executive Officer of Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) in Malaysaia, had earlier given a lecture to the Cabinet Ministers, NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) members and Permanent Secretaries who are on a one-week retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi.

In his presentation titled “Socio-Economic Transformation from the third world to the first world: the Case study of the Malaysian Revolution and Transformation Leadership Dynamics; Tenets for Reform, Innovation and Development, Mr. Jala called upon the leaders in Uganda to always monitor the progress of government projects every six months.

“Implementation is very important. The Ministers must know the performance in their ministries,” he said.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda thanked Mr. Jala for delivering an excellent, innovative and educative lecture that, he said, will guide policy implementers in the country on socio-economic transformation
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Uganda Invites Malaysians To Participate In Kampala Eco-satellite City Project


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- Uganda is looking to strengthen its relationship with Malaysia by inviting local contractors to participate in its real estate development, namely the Kampala Eco-Satellite City.

Uganda Minister of State for Urban Development, Musumba Isaac said its government had agreed to offer 404.686 hectares forest in Mukono District, about 20 kilometres from Kampala City, for the development.

"The purpose of my visit here is to strengthen the two countries' relationship in trade and investment, therefore, we invite Malaysia to participate in our real estate development.


"We believe the stability and maturity provided by businesses here will help us in developing this township," he told a press conference at the half day seminar on the project, organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

Isaac said the Ugandan government had targeted to begin construction on the development within the next two years.

MATRADE, in collaboration with Malaysian Inc, invited over 20 local developers, contractors and professional service providers to share their experience and expertise on successful mixed development projects in Malaysia that could be implemented in Uganda.

MATRADE Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud said Malaysia had a lot to offer to Uganda from products to services with cutting edge technology.

"Participating in this development is important for us because the Malaysian government encourages the private sector to take the leading role to export services such as architecture and township planning.

"This seminar is held to disseminate information on Malaysia's experience and expertise in mixed development projects, as well as, to inform local contractors on the opportunities they can explore in Uganda," he added.

Meanwhile, Uganda High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Trade and Investment Advisor, Datuk Dr Zainul Azizan, said the (Ugandan) government was eyeing a development similar to a mini Putrajaya.

"The mixed development will include the building of schools, hospitals and government offices," he added.

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Uganda: Algeria to Oversee Uganda's CCTV Camera Project
2 MAY 2017
The Observer (Kampala)

The Algerian national police will oversee the implementations of the countrywide Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), camera installation project in Uganda.

The video surveillance platform is one of the several benefits for Uganda under a memorandum of understanding signed between the Algerian Police and Uganda Police Force.

Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye says Algeria is much ahead of Uganda in very many areas including the CCTV surveillance which government has prioritised next financial year.

"Algeria will give technical advice to help implement the CCTV project as well as other projects to which Uganda will benefit," Kasingye said shortly after a bilateral meeting held at the police headquarters in Kampala.

Algeria has already sent a liaison officer who will coordinate the programs. Controller Salim Baba who is at the level of a police director will handle the technical beat of the implementation of the CCTV camera installation. It is however still unknown when of the project will begin given that it remains under the unfunded priorities for the 2017/2018 financial year.
Police working with other stakeholders including the ministries of Security, ICT, Information and Internal Affairs need Shs 203 billion to purchase the video surveillance cameras and install them in Kampala Metropolitan policing area, municipalities and along major highways.

The police undersecretary Rogers Muhiirwa last week appeared before the parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs asking for funding to the CCTV project.

Police began working on the CCTV project in 2013 at the height of the murder of Muslim clerics, but abandoned the project due to lack of resources.

However, President Yoweri Museveni directed for the immediate installation of the cameras following the brutal assassination of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March this year.
CCTVs only cover a few areas in Kampala central business district and Entebbe road.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201705030213.htm
 
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