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UMA Urges Government Support for Modern Showground in Kampala Area

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UMA Requests Government for Land to Build New Showground
UMA Requests Government for Land to Build New Showground
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The Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) has expressed its intention to build a new showground in the greater Kampala metropolitan area. They have made this request to the government, citing the current overcrowding and lack of space for development at the Nakawa showground in Kampala. The announcement was made by Mr. Deo Kiyemba, the UMA chairperson, during the opening of the 29th annual Uganda International Trade Fair.

Mr. Kiyemba highlighted the rapid growth of UMA’s membership, which has gone from 26 members at its inception in 1992 to 1504 members today. He emphasized that the new showground would be a state-of-the-art facility, featuring five-star hotels for investors, modern showrooms, and warehouses that meet international standards. He believes that improved warehouse facilities will boost exports and contribute to the growth of the manufacturing sector.

Mr. Kiyemba called on the government to provide approximately 60 acres of land to initiate the project. He also cautioned against allocating land in wetlands, referencing the Namamve industrial park, which faced condemnation by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) due to its wetland location.

Vice President Jessica Alupo, representing President Museveni at the event, assured manufacturers that the government would ensure they have access to markets for their products. She praised Ugandan entrepreneurs for their spirit of enterprise, resilience, and innovation, citing the record number of over 1,000 exhibitors at this year’s trade fair.