The National Council for higher Education (NCHE), Uganda Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) have signed a tripartite agreement under which the three institutions will work together to uphold the engineering profession by eliminating quacks I the trade.
By Daniel Otto
Although Zhang Qian died over 2000 years ago, he remains famous in China. An adventurous imperial diplomat and envoy, Zhang is remembered for charting routes and traversing central Asia thereby opening China to the outside world.
Zhang’s exploits established a network of routes that eventually linked China to central Asia, the Arab world, Europe and Africa. Through these craggy routes, China started to trade with the rest of the world. Named after silk, China’s biggest export at the time, that road network was later dubbed the “Silk Road”.
Plans are in advanced stages to build and set up a logistics hub in Gulu town to service trade and business in northern Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Trademark East Africa (TMEA) a donor-funded facility to promote trade among East African states said recently that they had secured US$8.6 million from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union, for the purpose.
By Jacob Okwii.
Uganda National Roads Authority has finally yielded to pressure and handed back works for Mbale-Tirinyi road to contractor, Dott Services. Allen Kagina, executive director, UNRA confirmed to journalists that UNRA had rescinded their earlier decision to terminate the contract with Dott Services over alleged poor quality work and delays in delivery.
The MoU signed between the parties is for the supply of cement for these projects; Entebbe International Airport Expansion, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) Road Construction Project and the Soroti - Moroto Road Upgrade Project.
In a first of what is increasingly a competitive cement market, Hima Cement Limited has inked a deal to supply 120 tonnes of cement to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited that will service its works on three mega infrastructure projects the Chinese contractor has won in Uganda.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the approval of US$253 million in loans to the Governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of the 118km Kachorwa-Kitale road- hitherto one of the smaller and poorly maintained connecting roads between the two countries. The two main entry links between Uganda and Kenya is in Malaba and Busia.
The AfDB said of the US$253m, US$147.3m will be loaned to Kenya, while US$105.7 to Uganda.