Uganda Investment Authority allocated a 15 acre plot of land to Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) in Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP) Namanve in March 2014. UIA allocated this particular plot to UIRI to construct a modern Industrials Skills Training and Production Center.
The centre is geared to provide practical training to budding industrialists. UIRI conceived this project as a vehicle for steering the country’s economy towards knowledge and industrial led sustainable development. The establishment of the industrial skills training centre is meant to provide a National platform for the production of agricultural implements, food and agricultural processing machinery, electrical devices and equipment and automotive parts and components. The purpose of the project is to introduce modern machining and manufacturing methods while at the same time providing integrated specialized skills training for Uganda’s technicians and engineers. This center will have 17 facilities namely machining and computer aided design facility, a production and training center, electronics production center, machinery processing workshop, woodwork and carpentry workshop, hardware processing, handcraft manufacturing workshop teaching buildings and staff accommodation facilities.
The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda graced the groundbreaking ceremony on behalf of H.E Yoweri K. Museveni. In his remarks, he informed the people that industrialization will enhance and fast track value addition to Uganda’s agricultural produce and contribute to improving household income.
Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Zheng Zhuqiang appreciated Uganda’s concerted efforts in making this project come true. He said that this project is set to equip Ugandan youth with key industrial skills using the modern industrial technologies.