Addis Ababa- President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has boosted Uganda’s value addition capacity by dispatching a State House Team to Ethiopia to benchmark the leather and textiles development industry ahead of the launch of a Tannery in Uganda and various other production initiatives in the agro, leather and textiles industry in Uganda.
State House Comptroller Ms. Jane Barekye, Engineer Sheba Kyobutunji, Dr. Hillary Emmanuel Musoke Kisanja, Dr. Faith Katana, and Roy, the leather Engineer in charge of the presidential Kawumu Tannery arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday and immediately went on to visit relevant government ministries and various agro value addition, leather and textiles production centers.
The benchmarking trip is part of President Museveni’s long-term goal of increasing Uganda’s import substitution capacity.
“His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is determined to change our country for the better through this team. It is time for Uganda to reduce imports of agricultural value-added products, leather, textile, and synthetic products and instead produce them locally,” Dr. Musoke says.
The team also visited the integrated Agro processing food factories where each region does value addition on products grown in that region. According to Dr. Musoke, President Museveni is changing Uganda’s economy for the better by practically advocating for value addition, with the effects being felt in increased GDP and employment. The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Uganda and the Embassy of Uganda in Ethiopia also provided coordination assistance for the State House benchmarking trip.