In what will be a first of its kind, a factory operating on solar power could be launched in Kampala before the end December (2017), The Infrastructure Magazine can exclusively reveal. If this happens, this will be a real game changer in energy use in Uganda, as this will be the very first time that a factory outfit will be running on solar energy.
The National Housing & Construction Company plans to put 5,000 housing units to the market in Kampala and municipalities around the country by 2020, to meet the country’s bulging demand for housing. At the same time, the company announced that it is slashing prices for its units currently in the market in Namungoona in Kampala and Rwizi in Mbarara.
Many Ugandans are slowly waking up to the realisation that the household paint brand name “Sadolin Paints- Colour Your world” is no more. In its place is now “Plascon, colour your world.” This follows the acquisition of 100 per cent of Sadolin Paints by Kansai Plascon Africa Limited (KPAL), a subsidiary of Kansai Paint Co. Ltd (Kansai Paint) of Japan.
Sir Richard Branson, British business magnate and owner of Virgin Atlantic Airline once said: “If you want to be a millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline." In other words, if you want to run an airline be prepared to spend billions of dollars, to earn millions- brace yourself for losses.
The recent order by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to mandatorily register telephone SIM cards has exposed the regulator as lagging behind both in industry global policy discourse and in use of available industry knowledge. The order that has largely been a public relations disaster for UCC and the government was at best a knee-jerk reaction rather than an informed policy decision.
In a market whose key lucrative sectors like minerals, construction, oil and gas, are already saturated by Chinese, European and to extent American investors, the Russians in their search for entry points to the African market seem to have identified the region’s budding nuclear energy sector, a hitherto untapped yet potentially lucrative segment.