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PRESS RELEASE: STAKEHOLDERS IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR

PRESS RELEASE: STAKEHOLDERS IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR

KAMPALA, 23RD MAY 2020, Webinar held on Saturday May 23, 2020:

Stakeholders in the Transport and Logistics Sector agreed that in spite of the disruptions occasioned by Covid-19, Uganda had an opportunity to create a thriving Transport and Logistics Sector by harnessing the lessons learned, combined with strategic interventions that were already planned by various Governmental and private sector agencies.

The Special Guests were General Edward Katumba-Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport, and Hon. Betty Amongi Ongom, the Minister of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs.
Panelists discussed a paper presented on behalf of the CASTLE Think Tank by Mrs. Jennifer Mwijukye, also the Founder and Managing Director, Unifreight Cargo Handling Limited.
Speakers included Dr. Merian Sebunya, Chair of the National Logistics Platform under the PSFU, Eng. Charles Kateeba, Managing Director of the Uganda Railways Corporation, and Hon. Nathan Byanyima, Chairman of the United Bus Owners Association. The session was moderated by Mr. Gabriel Iguma, host of Radio One’s Spectrum talk show.

CASTLE’s Position Paper presented by Mrs. Jennifer Mwijukye:
The CASTLE position paper outlined the gaps exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic together with the challenges posed. It then presented the opportunities that had emerged and made recommendations for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, Road Transport, Rail Transport,
Water Transport, Air Transport and Private and Public Sector imperatives. The paper can be accessed here: Transport & Logistics Concept Note

Highlights of the discussion:
1. Hon. Minister of Works and Transport:
Covid-19 presented both challenges and opportunities; for instance, while passenger air transport may decline for some time,Uganda had a good opportunity to focus on cargo transport and expand on its production as an exporting country. Uganda was already expanding the Entebbe International Airport and storage capacity would increase from 25,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes.

2. Hon. Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs:
The Minister mentioned that Government planned to implement an organized transport system starting with reforming taxis and boda bodas, which were the two largest public transport options in the Greater
Kampala Metropolitan Area. The objectives would include time efficiency, vehicle tracking in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, safety from pollution, planned routes and stages, and inspections for roadworthiness in passenger and cargo vehicles among others.

3. Chair, National Logistics Platform, Dr. Merian Sebunya:
COVID-19 led to an unprecedented level of constructive collaboration between Government and the logistics sector. It was only through such partnerships that the country would be able to realize the benefits of private sector innovativeness in a quick and practical manner. This called for a mindset change in the way that the civil service was run.

4. Managing Director, Uganda Railways Corporation, Eng. Charles Kateeba:
In order to optimize the use of the railway system for transport, Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) was implementing a medium-term plan to enhance maintenance and rehabilitation of the Kampala – Malaba line, the MV Pamba, and 10 coaches for passenger services.
There were also plans to purchase container handling cranes for Mukono Internal Container Depot (ICD), develop ICDs at Tororo and Gulu, and, purchase locomotives to improve haulage.

5. Chairman United Bus Owners Association, Hon. Nathan Byanyima:
The current state of bus terminals was a danger to public health in the midst of a pandemic. There was need for a single well established bus terminal in Kampala outside the city centre but near the Northern bypass to serve upcountry routes. Bus accidents had reduced during the past year due in part to enforcement of standards by the Transport Licensing Board. In that regard, boda bodas may not be suitable transport for people within the city.

Additional Information:
The full recording of the webinar can be found on Facebook:

Webinar on Transport Sector

COVID-19: AN OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE FOR THE TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS SECTOR #CASTLEWebinar #ThriveTransport

Posted by Center For Advanced Strategic Leadership-CASTLE on Friday, 22 May 2020

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