President Yoweri Museveni has hailed China for the cooperation and support of Uganda in development projects.
The President was Tuesday speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the China-aided Machining Manufacturing Industrial Skilling Center at Namanve.
The $30 million project is funded by the Government of China and is designed to combine industrial skills training with an apprenticeship to garner the necessary capacity to create employment for trainees.
The production facility is also intended to make high-quality precision machine parts and accessories
‘ ‘I thank the government of the People’s Republic of China and the Ugandan team led by Prof. Charles Kwesiga. The Uganda Industrial Research Institute has an equipped and ready operationalization home in Namanve Industrial Area.’’ He said
He added: With this new home, the dream towards industrialization, import substitution, export promotion, technical Skilling of our youth to fill gaps in the job market, comes even closer.
The president said the Chinese Investments in Uganda have created import substitution base, export promotion as well as job creation in our country.
The head of state explained that the first time he went to China in 1989 he held talks with the leaders and introduced to them Uganda’s need to have a facility for food processing as well as that for metal work which the Chinese Government fully funded.
He asked Ugandans to fully utilize the Namanve-based facility by developing skills that will help them achieve prosperity.
“Africans have slept enough. You should wake up and don’t miss out. Use this important facility because it can make many things including designing and machines,” he noted.
The Acting Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Dr. Chen Huixin lauded President Museveni’s wise leadership that, he noted, has created a conducive environment that has attracted investors into the country.