Mbarara Town in Western Uganda has been named among Africa’s top five ‘boom towns’ enjoying fast growth, thanks to their thriving Small and Medium Enterprises [SMEs].
World leading logistics company DHL, Identified these towns and cities as ‘the unexpected boom towns’ currently experiencing fast growth off the small industries.
Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa said that the towns were optimally tapping their potential especially in the agricultural industry, which is Africa’s largest economic sector.
He noted, “Mbarara is a growing industrial town … which is located in the center of the dairy farming district. As a result of its location, favorable climate and abundant land availability, it has attracted investors involved in the manufacturing of dairy products, as well as breweries and beverage companies expanding to the area.”
HDL named the other towns experiencing fast growth as Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Ebène in Mauritius, Farafenni in the Gambia and Konza Techno City in neighboring Kenya.
With its population more than doubled over the past couple of years, Mbarara town officials and residents are pushing for the Municipality to be granted a City status.
The town has over the past few years expanded exponentially, annexing neighboring sub counties of Biharwe, Kakiika, Bubaare and Nyakayojo.