NORTHERN Uganda Manufacturers Association (NUMA) members have resumed manufacturing following relative peace in the region, the associationâ€™s chairman has said.
â€œThe infrastructure is being rehabilitated including work on the Lira-Arua Road. Lira Spinning Mills is back in production while Mukwano Industries has set up an oil seed processing factory,â€ Omar Kubi said.
Kubi said NUMA, which was set up in 1992, aimed at industrialising northern Uganda and creating employment by providing services.
â€œWe have over 350 fully-paid up members from Lira, Apac, Kitgum, Gulu, Arua, Nebbi, Moyo, Soroti and Katakwi. We are planning to expand to Adjumani, Moroto and Masindi. But the number of districts may be more than that since new districts were created,â€ he said.
Members include those in metal fabrication, textile and garments, carpentry and joinery, leather, printing and graphics, handcrafts and ceramics.
â€œWe are networking with other manufacturers in the country and encourage local and foreign investors to come and add value to the regionâ€™s raw materials and products,â€ Kubi said during an interview at the Private Sector Foundationâ€™s (PSFU) offices at Nakasero, Kampala.
He led a seven-man delegation from the region to attend the information- sharing forum on trade and investment at Nakasero.
Kubi said the association aims at promoting industries, which create forward and backward linkages in the manufacturing sector and between the industrial sector and agriculture and other sectors.
â€œWe are providing the region with special programmes targeting new ventures,â€ he said.
Manufacturing resumes in northern Uganda