Yona Wasswa, the Chairperson of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, said that the current innovations in the market are neither accessible nor affordable for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
After a feasibility study in 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development identified Buyende as one of the eight potential sites in the country for the establishment of the 34.359 trillion Shillings power plant. Other sites are Nakasongola, Kassanda, Kiruhura, and Lamwo Districts among others.
Donald Agaba, the program team lead explained that the project is aimed at achieving the Uganda Vision 2040 whose goal is to transform Uganda from a predominantly peasant and low-income country to a competitive upper middle-income status country.
Acholi Paramount Chief David Onen Acana II acknowledges that the region is experiencing severe impacts of climate change which has affected agriculture and notes that through the adoption of green technology, such adverse effects can be reversed.
Amina Zawedde, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, says there is a lot of money for innovation, scattered across different agencies in government and the private sector, hence the need to harmonize the sources.
Civil society stakeholders, while acknowledging the government's ambition in nuclear energy, urge a comprehensive approach to the renewable energy transition. Ivan Tumuhimbise, Country Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature, emphasized the need for a review of the tax regime on renewable energy products, including batteries and connection facilities. Such measures, he argued, would enhance accessibility and incentivize investment in renewable energy for domestic and commercial use.
Speaking at the National Renewable Energy Conference, Matthias Scheuer, the German ambassador to Uganda, commended the country's positive steps toward the renewable energy transition, highlighting the increased usage of e-Boda Bodas.
Paul Mwambu, Commissioner in charge of crop inspection and certification at the Ministry of Agriculture, stressed the center's role in maintaining phytosanitary standards essential for international trade. However, he highlighted the necessity for interventions at the farm and transport levels to ensure consistent quality from production to exit points.
Okasaai told URN that as of now, four out of the six units are fully operational and synchronized to the national grid. The fourth unit is pending completion by the end of November while the sixth unit will be ready in 2024 to enable optimum functionality of the decade-long hydroelectric facility.
The experts made the projection during an Energy and Electric Mobility Conference convened by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to mark the 19th Annual Energy and Minerals Week 2023 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Speke Resort in Kampala on Tuesday.
Jenifer Bamuturaki, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Airlines, says across the aviation industry on the African continent, men currently dominate the cockpit - citing Uganda’s case scenario which she says has only six women pilots compared to their majority male counterparts.
The hand- held tractor which has the capacity to plough three acres of land using three liters of fuel (diesel) per day can also be used to pump water for irrigation, milling if a milling component is attached to it and it can also be used to for trenching.
It follows a request by Dr. Swidiq Mugerwa, the Deputy Director of Research Coordination that NARO funding shortfalls continue to retard the Organization’s ability to generate cutting-edge innovations and technology for the sustainability of food security in the country.
"Currently, only 20,762 out of 36,426 registered employers are actively remitting contributions to the Fund, resulting in a compliance rate of just 57%. This statistic implies that over 15,000 employers are not fulfilling their obligations, thereby depriving their employees of their retirement savings. Unfortunately, only 107 cases are reported monthly," he noted.
This year marks the third edition of Uganda's Science Week, which aims to highlight the country's growing science innovations and technological progress. The event has drawn the attention of 74 venture capital investors, signifying a growing interest in the potential of Uganda's innovation ecosystem.
“If someone cannot prove ownership, the funds will be held by the operator for nine months, after which they will be transferred to the central bank, where they will be safeguarded until claimed with proper ownership proof in accordance with the law,” he added.