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Private Sector Hunts for Machine-making Machines

Friday, 1st October 2021

A business delegation made up of 18 men and women from the Ugandan private sector is on a ten-day search for industrial machinery and plant for their firms. The visit comes out of New Delhi Mission commercial diplomacy efforts to link the Ugandan private sector with manufacturers of technologies which can improve the production and productivity of Ugandan value addition industries.

Led by the Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Mohammed Kezaala, the delegation has so far toured manufacturers of dairy machines including milk cooling plants, storage tanks, pasteurisers and vending machinery. Industries industries making manufacturing machines are spread across the huge geographical expanse of India but a good proportion are to be found in the western Indian State of Gujarat. The team is accordingly exploring industrial centres in the cities of  Ahmadabad and Rajkot; visiting plants which make machines for making block soap and soap powders among many other firms.

The whirl-wind search for machine-making machines continues with the team set to visit agricultural and agro-processing machine makers, including irrigation machinery; as well as other engineering plants. As an introduction to the grueling programme, the team on their first day toured the government small and medium-scale industries corporation in New Delhi, seeing at first hand many of the small scale plants which can manufacture such products as socks, schools text books and pencils, toothbrushes, toilet paper, plastic water bottles, etc. The corporation also features a research and development wing which continuously works on producing technologies in all areas of industry, including motor vehicle parts and complex IT technologies.

Although all are businessmen and women interested in modern technologies to lighten the burden of labour and add more value to raw materials, some of the business people are Members of Parliament while the Deputy Treasurer of the National Resistance Party adds to the political hue in the delegation.