Makerere University and a UK based Bangor University have signed an understanding to jointly conduct value-addition trainings.
By Nicholas Wassajja
Makerere University and a UK based Bangor University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct value-addition trainings for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda.
Spearheaded by Makerere University Innovations Systems Cluster Program Uganda (ISCP-U), the MoU aims at establishing a platform for efficient resource utilization through research, training and developing sustainable solutions for small scale industries.
"SMEs as the majority employers in the private sector contribute a significant amount of revenue to our National GDP. As a research driven institution, our role is to ensure that we relevantly contribute to sustainable development initiatives especially through strategic partnerships," Prof. John Ddumba Sentamu, the Vice Chancellor Makerere said.
Ddumba added that since Cluster initiatives are spread across the country, they were positive that all the regions of Uganda will benefit from the collaboration.
The two institutions, through sharing knowledge, facilities, and developing practical solutions will enable business in Uganda to embrace sustainability and value addition for profitability in their operations and comply with the current global demands for climate change.
Previously President Yoweri Museveni has called on small scale manufacturers to cuddle value addition as an end to production if they are to realize more profits.
Dr. Einir Young, the director of sustainability Bangor University noted that, "Since sustainability and environment have moved top on the international agenda, our proficiency will offer business and institutions knowledge and technical means to put alternatives into practice which will lower costs and increase productivity."
The team leader Cluster Development and Innovation Center, Makerere University, Dr. Yasin Naku-Ziraba said that they have already identified some areas of partnership in waste management that will engage business holistically.
"Among others, we want to see if pineapple producers can use the pineapple fiber for cloth manufacturing and the maize stem for producing enzyme but we shall hold more consultative meetings with the academia, development partners and private sector to identify more relevant areas of collaboration," Naku-Ziraba explained.
He also noted that the program will aim at boosting collaborative research and innovation in the field of waste management in both Europe and Africa.
Makerere, UK University seal deal on value addition trainings