Even though Uganda is seemingly bustling with innovations, scientific assessments through the Global Innovations Index (GII) show that the country is trailing in innovation grades in the region. In 2018, Kenya was rated the most innovative among the East African Community countries (rating globally at the 78th), followed by Tanzania (globally at 92nd), Rwanda (globally 99th) and Uganda in fourth place (103 globally). The other members of the Eat African Community -Burundi and South Sudan- were not measured.
By Benjamin Mukose
In a bid to improve efficiency, transparency and investment in the minerals sector in Uganda, the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development is in the final stages of developing an online mineral licensing system. The Infrastructure Magazine understands that the system developed by Trimble, an American company with a global footprint, will be launched in August.
Forbes Africa Magazine has announced its “30 under 30” list of luminaries for 2019. The listing, now in its 5th edition, is easily the region’s most rigorous measure of young grit, innovation and entrepreneurship. But if this list is anything to go by, then Uganda has a bit of soul-searching to do regarding her young generation’s innovation and entrepreneurship grit.
President Yoweri Museveni has launched the fourth cement producer in Uganda with an immediate production capacity of 750 tonnes, but with a promise to double that to 1.5 million tonnes per annum in 2019.
By Roger Kyazze
While Ugandans continue to choke on high prices of cement, their Kenyan and Tanzanian counter-parts are enjoying relatively cheaper and more stable prices. The market instability in the Ugandan market recently led to panic buying, hoarding and creation of an artificial cement crisis resulting into the recent skyrocketing of prices.