Honourable Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives on Tuesday commissioned a US $10 million (UGX 38 billion) state of the art brand new Rwenzori Pure Natural Water Line at Century Bottling Company in Namanve.
Kyambadde who was the chief guest, took a tour around the new facility saying the government of Uganda acknowledges and thanks Coca-Cola for being a development partner of Uganda.
“On top of these investments, you also pay taxes – I understand you paid UGX140 billion in taxes last year,” Kyambadde said.
She said it was a very significant amount and looks forward to seeing it increase once this new investment begins to bear results.
“During the tour of the facility, it was gratifying to see the quality of your equipment and to note that you have two other bottling facilities in Uganda, and that you are still setting up more.”
She said by bottling high-quality international brands in Uganda, Coca-Cola Beverages are promoting the economy within Uganda and also promoting the country internationally.
“Of this, I am told US$3.5million was spent inside Uganda on civil works, construction, and auxiliary services. That is a very significant amount for many reasons.”
“First of all, that means that the bulk of the investment that we are commissioning today was spent inside our own country and directly benefited Ugandans.”
She added: “This fits well within our Buy Uganda, Build Uganda policy and I applaud you for that.”
Also, Coca-Cola investment in a new Manufacturing Line creates more jobs for very many categories of Ugandans, Kyambadde noted, adding that it fulfils the NRM pledge to create more jobs and wealth especially for the youth of Uganda.
“I thanked you for investing in social corporate responsibly but this also is a testimony of the attractive investment climate created by NRM government.”
She said the company employs over 1,900 Ugandans who work on different jobs within its plants.