Investors from Busoga sub region, alongside their
counterparts from both Buikwe and Kayunga, have blamed stagnated business growth on the poor state of road infrastructure within the area.
Speaking in a joint stakeholders’ meeting with
officials from the Uganda Investment Authority-UIA in Jinja city on Friday, the
investors said the roads leading to designated industrial parks are dilapidated,
living them to incur surplus costs in transport.
They further say that, several meetings
held with the country’s topmost leadership concerning the need to reconstruct
industrial roads within Jinja city's southern division area have not materialized, since responsible
stakeholders have continuously treated them to endless unfulfilled promises.
George Byamainuha from Nilus factory says the
nature of roads antagonizes their factory’s business model, as it is costly for
them to transport both raw materials and finished products within the East
African Community region.
Byamainuha further says the poor roads are a
disruption to several clients all over the world and some of them have generated negative publicity, which is a big setback to the progress of their businesses.
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Francis Baganzi, the corporate affairs officer of MMP
factories urged the government to devise means of setting up other
alternative transport means, like an international airport and operational rail
lines, which will serve as easy gateways for their finished products both
within the different parts of the country and the EAC region at large.
On his part, Peter Kasolo, the Jinja city mayor stresses
that, most of the roads in the key factory concentrated zones, have big
potholes and normally overflow with high volumes of water, which in turn slows
down transport of largely cargo trucks in the area.
Kasolo further notes that factory owners have often tasked
him to address the challenge of dilapidated roads within the area, however,
limited funding has deterred efforts of rehabilitating factory roads.
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Meanwhile, UIA’s chairperson, Morrison Rwakakamba says that,
they have plans of rolling out regional one-stop centers in the different parts
of the country, where investors’ challenges ranging from infrastructure,
taxation, quality validation, immigration, among others, can be easily solved within their areas of operation.
He pledges that all the advisory services offered at these
centers will be made cost free, as a means of smoothening the operability of investors and in turn attract more investment both within the country and abroad.