By Stephen Wandera
KAMPALA, Uganda government has rejected a proposal by Chinese firms to build their own cement factory to supply their construction projects. China government is funding most giant public infrastructure construction projects in Uganda ranging from roads, railway and power dams worth billions of dollars. According to Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Trade, Industry and Cooperative Minister, the Chinese bid is against Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) policy, aimed at promoting local production and consumption.
“Chinese companies wanted to build their own factory to supply cement claims local firm were producing substandard products. It was a big fight but we have rejected the request. As we talk now BUBU has had tremendous results,” Kyambadde said.
Hima Cement supplied China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) 120,000 metric tons of cement for construction of Kampala Entebbe Express High Way, Ms Amelia said Friday October 31, 2018 at 9th Annual trade, Cooperatives sector review conference in Kampala Uganda.
She further explained, “The proposed Standard Gauge Railway, connecting Uganda to Mombasa, Kenya, Juba South Sudan and Kigali Rwanda is also another mega construction project contracted to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) among others.”
She also identified Picfare Industries Ltd as another beneficiary of BUBU.
“The company has signed a contract to supply all uniforms to all government agencies. We have been importing uniforms from China and United Arab Emirates,” she added.
The Minister urged Ugandans to take advantage of Comesa and East Africa Community free market zones to invest.