LUGOGO-Hon Harriet Ntabaazi , the State Minister for Trade has commended Manufacturers under their umbrella body of Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) for embracing modern technology which has greatly improved upon the country’s production land scape.
“Covid19 pandemic created challenges in people’s lives especially in the manufacturing sector to the extent that many picked interest in reading about technological skills which they have decided to implement through coming up with a number of digital tools.” Ntabazi noted.
The Minister therefore called upon all those in the manufacturing sector who have not yet embraced the digital wave to do it as soon as possible because analogue has no space in the developing world.
“In all situations of life , learn how to embrace change because wherever it comes and you fail to adopt it, there no any other option apart from it changing you. The rapid speed at which our country is developing , has made the country’s production sector to become threat to other East African countries in terms of marketing.”
“Let us bench mark on all good products manufactured from other countries. I thank the young people of this country who have been able to learn from other countries how certain goods are produced. These have produced goods which have made Uganda to compete freely in both regional and international markets.”
On the other hand , the Minister thanked UMA board for having organized a colorful 29th Trade fair which brought together over 1000 exhbitors from both within and outside Uganda.
Deo Kayemba, UMA Board Chairman , reported to the Minister that they managed to achieve all their set objectives during the seven days of the Exhibition.
“We have been able to show people what we do as manufacturers , we have interacted directly with consumers of our products at various levels and they have given us a good feed back.”
The Chairman also thanked the almighty who gave them a balanced climate through the whole trade fair.
Dr. Ezra Muhumuza , the Executive Director UMA revealed that this year’s trade fair brought together a total of 1018 exhibitors, 898 from Uganda, 120 International exhbitors as well as others from East Africa and Africa at large.
The trade fair attracted key players from sectors like; Beverages, Construction , Agriculture , Agro processing, food and beverage, industrial machinery , electrical and electronics, health products, paints ,Automobiles , cosmetics, industrial machinery, Government Aid services, Textile and Financial services.
The 29th UMA Trade fair kicked off
On Tuesday 3rd October running upto Tuesday 10th October 2023 , under a theme: “Driving Manufacturing and Trade Efficiency through Digital Transformation and Innovation.”