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EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Expo Opens in Kampala

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th December 2011 03:05 AM

EAST African Community in collaboration with the East African Confederation of the informal Sector Organisation has organized the 12th East African Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibition at the Lugogo UMA Show-Ground.

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By Ayiga Ondoga
 
EAST African Community in collaboration with the East African Confederation of the informal Sector Organisation has organized the 12th East African Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibition at the Lugogo UMA Show-Ground.
 
The show which runs from 4th to 10th December, 2011 usually attracts traders from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
 
“In order to promote the Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi informal sector of the regional economy, organizes the expo annually, especially to transfer technologies and promotion of the integration process in the region,” Richard Owora, head of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs at the EAC offices Arusha.
 
He said the exhibition, whose theme is “Accelerating innovation and investment in the Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi sector for EAC regional competitiveness”  has brought togetherover 700 artisans from the region to display their products and technologies.
 
The show was officially opened by the EAC minister, Eriya Kategaya, who represented President Yoweri Museveni.
 
Owora said at the exhibition, experts are expected to give the exhibitors professional adviseon the key topic such as opportunities offered by the East African Common Market protocol, how to invest in East Africa, public procurement procedures and accessing markets through retail outlets.
 
When New Vision visted the show, several traders were busy at the stalls selling their products to the show-goers.
Simon Munywe, a director at Kayole Environmental Management Association, makers of briquette, used for cooking was busy making the products using saw dust, rice hasks, clay, cow dung, paper and coffee husks.
 
“These technology assists in recycling domestic and urban waste and raise income. We therefore specialize in production and distribution of briquette in large quantities to the communities,” Munywe stated.
 
He said one machine is capable of creating jobs to six people and conserves 31 tonnes of forest in one year.
 
Munywe noted, “four people can makr 1000 briquettes per day which is sun dried. When one wants to cook, three pieces are enough cook for four hours.”
 
The briquette machines goes for 1.2m/=.
 
Ruth Njoki Ndere of Mehpi Herbal Products, Mombasa Kenya was selling food supplement as well as medicine.
 
“This product is a food supplement as well as medicine. It contains all vitamins, minerals, essential acids that help to build stronger and healthy bodies by boosting and stimulating the immune system,” Ndere observed.
 
She said the products was good for all people of all ages especially babies and athletes and cures diseases like malaria, asthma lung tissue, liver, heart defects, prostate cancer and sleeping sickness among others.
 
Ndere added the products are full of nutritional values especially they improve the low immune system of people by applying them in food, tea, porrage and soup during meal times and has no side effects.
 
Another exhibitor, Stephen Karanja of Kenya Ceramic Project was selling natural water filters made from clay, saw dust and colliadal silver and burnt at 960 degress to make it hard
“The Colliadal silver is mixed with water and submerged to kill the water bacteria and then filter into a backet which is total pure water for human consumption
 

 

EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Expo Opens in Kampala

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