Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is the primary agency of Government to coordinate, encourage, promote and facilitate investments in Uganda.
It advises Government on investment policy and advocates for a competitive business environment in Uganda and, therefore, is Uganda’s primary Investment Promotion Agency (IPA). UIA is 100% funded by Government of Uganda and as such owes its successes and accountability to Uganda’s Tax Payers, without whom Government would not be able to grow and develop the economy.
As we appreciate all tax payers, UIA particularly appreciates all the domestic and foreign investors that have set up their factories and services in the industrial parks. It has indeed been a partnership venture because they have set up as infrastructure development is still being undertaken, which has come with challenges that are being overcome.
UIA has been tasked to develop 27 Industrial; Business; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Parks around the country to create jobs and ease accessibility of land for investments, introduce new research, technologies and skills development as well as boost Uganda’s exports and therefore increase Uganda’s revenue base.
The completion of these industrial parks will add value to locally available raw materials thus boosting the agricultural and mineral sectors. There are three Government-owned industrial parks within the Kampala-Mukono region.
These include the Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP), Namanve, Luzira Industrial and Bweyogerere Industrial Parks.
Twenty one (21) industries are currently in operation within the Kampala Industrial and Business Park directly employing 11,000 Ugandans within the park; seventy (70) projects have commenced construction creating an additional
17,000 indirect/ short term/ contract/ technical jobs during this period while 150 companies are still in the pre-start stages (surveying, processing deed plans and titles, environmental impact assessment certificates, architectural designs, geotechnical and hydrological studies). Some of the key companies located in the KIBP include, Century Bottling (Coca cola), Roofings Group, Steel and Tube, Toyota, Namanve industries, Orion Transformers and Fol logistics
UIA is working with National water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda Railways Corporation to provide the water, power, roads / drainage, and railway sidings, respectively to ensure the much needed utilities are place. Continuous collaboration with other relevant MDAs will boost and expedite the infrastructure development. Luzira Industrial and Business Park is located in Nakawa Division in Kampala District, hosts ten (10) investors, of whom eight (8) are operational. One of the key investors in the Park is Quality Chemicals Ltd sitting on about 15 acres of land, Graphic Systems, Surgipharm Ltd, Transpaper and Masterwood, among others Bweyogerere Industrial Park is located is located in Bweyogerere, Wakiso 10 km North East of Kampala and covers 50 acres of land. The Park hosts ten (10) investors, of whom four (4) are operational, 3 are under Construction stage and 3 are doing pre start phase studies.
The entire park is serviced with 1.925km of tarmac road network, power and water. One of the key investors in the Park is Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) sitting on about 15 acres of land.
The Jinja Industrial Business Park is fully allocated to five (5) investors but is yet to be constructed
Mbale Industrial Business Park will be constructed under a Public Private Partnership arrangement
In the Soroti Industrial Park, access roads opened up, roads and power are also available.
There are two (out of 13 allocated) active investors so far within the Park (Teso Fruit Factory & Uganda Free Zones Authority).
The proposed Karamoja Industrial and Business Park is located in Moroto and Napak Districts and covers an area of 417 acres, along the boundaries of Moroto and Napak Districts. Mineral beneficiation activities are being targeted for employment generation. Mbarara SME Park is a 12-acre facility built up to cater for small scale enterprises adjacent to Mbarara Municipality. There are 42 tenants within the park. Out of the 42 work