On Monday, the United Kingdom Minister for Africa, Andrew Stephenson, together with Investment minister, Evelyn Anite, broke ground for the construction of Namanve Industrial Park.
Anite said the work will soon begin to upgrade the park, including construction of roads, water, electricity, waste treatment facilities, sewerage and drainage networks and optic fibre networks.
She said of all the developed countries that do not agree with corruption, Britain, is number one.
According to Anite, 200,000 jobs are going to be created.
“We are going to have products manufactured in Uganda…for us this is a humongous project. For us, it is exciting,” she noted.
General Katumba Wamala, the cabinet Minister for Works and Transport said: “I would request as you do the work, please do not forget the environment. Please maintain the green within the Industrial Park.”
The Lagan team together with the UK embassy promised to do a feasibility study of (Namanve Industrial Park) for free.
UK Minister for Africa Andrew Stephenson said this is only the beginning of a much deeper partnership between the two countries.
“UK has a lot to offer in terms of business know how. We want to help African countries like Uganda to attract the investors that they deserve “and we are keen to remain Uganda’s investor of choice.”
As Uganda aims to achieve middle-income status, Stephenson said the country has a fast young growing population who are ambitious “and with the creation of jobs, they will be able to pay taxes”.
“Uganda is an important partner for the UK and we are working together to deliver more investment, jobs and growth – benefitting the businesses and people of both our nations.”
He said UK supports Uganda’s ambition to become a middle-income country by 2040.
Boosting infrastructure, enhancing investment and trade, and strengthening Uganda’s manufacturing base is vital, he noted.
“That is why I am delighted to be here at this ground-breaking for the construction of infrastructure for the Namanve Industrial Park.”
He added: “The Prime Minister looks forward to welcoming Uganda at the UK-Africa Investment Summit later this month where we can deepen our investment partnership.”