By Henry Sekanjako
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rallied leaders at all levels to promote the country’s local industries across the East Africa Region.
Kadaga who was visiting the Roofings Industries complex in Namanve industrial Park expressed concern over the lack of adequate knowledge on the capacity of some of Uganda’s leading local industries.
“There is need for interaction with several political stakeholders to appreciate the company’s investment in the industrial park. It is our responsibility as leaders to help companies market their products in the region. This is a big investment and i assure you of all the support from government,” Speaker Kadaga said.
She also expressed appreciation for the Company’s efforts aimed at curbing the country’s unemployment problem.
“I’m delighted that the company has contributed much to reducing unemployment. Many youths employed and skilled here will help improve the quality of the country’s workforce,” she said.
Sikander Lalani the Chairman Roofings Group hailed East African Intergration for creating a bigger market but decried the emergence of several counterfeits products on Uganda’s market.
The Company appealed for support from Parliament to ensure waiver of the 25% common external tariff charged on company products exported to the East African Community partner states in the region.
The Company with a 210 million dollar investment generates close to 45 million dollars per annum from exports of raw materials and finished goods to several of the EAC member states.
Promote Uganda’s industries, says Kadaga