Govt Targets Foreign Partnerships for Quality Infrastructure Development

A Japanese contractor makes a presentation during Tuesday's workshop between government, private local and Japanese contractors at Hotel Africana

Technocrats in the construction sector say inadequate financing and lack of training for professionals continues to compromise quality work in Uganda’s infrastructural projects.

Gaps in funding also have negative implications on the planning of several road projects especially those financed by the government, price they added.

This was revealed during a workshop on high quality infrastructure held Tuesday between stakeholders in construction sector from Uganda and a delegation of Japanese construction firms.

Eng. Samson Bagonza the Director of Engineering and Works in the Ministry of Works placed emphasis on the need for more Public Private Partnership based projects to address the funding gaps.

He also proposed that local construction firms sub contract with foreign companies so as to adopt new technologies, abortion skills and quality measures.

“The main objective of this workshop is to interface with these foreign companies whose expertise in construction is rich and find ways on how to address the issue of quality,” Eng. Bagonza said.

He added; “We hope to establish partnerships between local and foreign firms and through this promote skills transfer.”

In the same workshop, the Ministry of Works and Transport presented to Japanese contractors planned infrastructure projects that require public private partnership due to their huge implementation cost.

Among these were; reviving the national airline (USD 550m), upgrading the Kasese airfield into an international airport (USD 168m), the Kampala – Bombo express way and establishing a modern port at Bukasa along the shores of Lake Victoria.

The Japanese delegation was led by Mori Takehiko the Counsellor for Global Strategies at MLITT and included firms like TAISEI, Shizimu, FUJITA and Sakai Heavy Industries.

Eng. Samuel Kisira, the Principal Mt. Elgon Labor Based Training Centre highlighted the existing obstacles in training among them inadequate equipment in the laboratories and low funding. He also rooted for low cost sealing in the soon to be implemented projects.

Uganda will in January 2017 host the High Quality Infrastructure conference which is expected to open opportunities for private sector investment in infrastructure development of Uganda’s construction industry.


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