Officials from the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) have revealed that the Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP) will provide jobs to over 200,000 Ugandans upon completion with a projection of over 500 industries within the park.
Unveiling the infrastructure development works within the Kampala Industrial and Business Park popularly known as Namanve Industrial Park, UIA officials said the park has created over 25,484 jobs to Ugandans in the recent years.
The revelation comes after UIA launched the three-phase infrastructure development project expected to cover over 306 prospective investors and estimated to run for 42 months with the first stage set to involve design studies, the second being construction and the third -warranty period.
“The project will focus on developing, improving and providing access to critical infrastructure for all park users and affordable working spaces for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Uganda,” officials said.
Making his remarks at the engagement meeting held Thursday January 7, 2021, at Silver Springs hotel in Bugolobi, Dan Aturinda, the engineer project consultant, emphasized that the main aim of the stakeholder engagement is to be able to harness positive influence, mitigate any negative impacts on the project stakeholders whilst providing access to critical infrastructure for all involved.
“Given the wide range of investment projects and businesses the investors are engaged in, our goal is to provide access to critical infrastructure which extends to the construction of an integrated road network and bridge, a water supply network, a sewerage network, waste treatment plants, power services, fibre optic services, street lighting, CCTV services, SME work spaces and other amenities like high pressure water hydrants, gym, police station and other services,” Aturinda said.
Speaking at the event, Joseph Kigunddu, UIA acting Director General said that the Government, through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, secured funding from the United Kingdom through United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) and entered into a memorandum of understanding with United Kingdom-based contractor Lagan Group Ltd for the development of infrastructure in the industrial park.
Hamza Galiwango, Director of industrial and business parks at UIA said, “One of our goals is to accelerate industrialization through the serviced industrial Parks and in implementing this, we are cognizant of the fact that we need to work, not only with the investors within the park, but with the community around the parks, service providers who support the projects within the park and many other stakeholders.”
Galiwango stated that the project is currently in the design studies stage in which the evaluation is ongoing for the different infrastructure requirements for the park and how to implement the different requirements to meet investors’ expectations.
“As we have adopted a mixed implementation model, once studies and designs are approved, we will commence construction. We expect to begin construction of the road network at the end of January 2020,” he said.
“To that end, we intend to consistently engage our various stakeholders throughout the project to ensure that they are involved in the developments as they happen, and that the project outputs are in line with the requirements of our stakeholders,” he added.
During the engagement, UIA provided a progress report on the development so far made and invited stakeholders to share their experiences with the Park as well as their expectations going forward.
Some of the areas tackled in the 2,200 acre facility project include tarmacking 7.5 km of roads of the overall 45 km within the park, coverage of about 10% of the water supply system among others.