By Fred Kiva
Investment Minister, Evelyn Anite has pledged government support for the Chinese Liao Shen Industrial Park in Nakaseke District.
The Minister made the pledge on Tuesday evening after touring the 60-acre Industrial Park in Kapeeka Village.
“I came here to see progress of the work and try to help the investor, I am very happy that this is going to be a great industry to provide jobs to Ugandans,” Anite said after touring Goodwill Uganda Ceramics, a tiles making factory, one of the industries in the Park.
The Minister said government is ready to help the investor in all aspects in line with its industrialization policy for increased production and job creation. Anite pointed that the investors’ concerns on water, electricity and roads were already being addressed through tarmacking of roads to the industrial park and establishment of a power sub-station, for sufficient and stable power supply to the industry.
“I am also in discussions with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), so that they can vary the price of water, since the Industry is not yet operational,” Anite said shortly after touring the Goodwill Ceramics Industry, which is still under construction.
Goodwill Uganda Ceramics Industry has capacity to produce 40,000 Square meters of tiles per day and will employ 1016 Ugandans, once production starts in March this year. According to Liu Zhong He, the Ceramics factory General Manager, 60 percent of the tiles will be for the domestic market, while 40percent will be for export.
Flunked by Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator, General Salim Saleh, Minister Anite also toured Ho and Mu Food Technology, a juice making factory and Yahe Investment Ltd, a maize mill factory. She also pledged to embark on a campaign to identify local mango farmers to begin supplying mangoes to the Juice processing industry.
This was after the factory managers informed her that the seasonal mango supplies in the country cannot sustain the factory needs, necessitating them to sometimes import mangoes from Kenya. Ho and Mu Food Technology limited consumes over 40tonnes of mango supplies per week.