Amelia being taken around the power transformers plant by officials of ECS at Kawempe in blue overall is John Kalibbala
By Kitts D.Mabonga
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has reportedly directed all government agencies to buy locally manufactured power transformers and electricity related appliances as a deliberate strategy to support the buy Uganda build Uganda (BUBU) policy.
The brand new power transformers made by ECS on display at their factory show room in Kawempe.
The directive was recently revealed by the trade minister Amelia Kyambadde while on a guided tour of the Electrical and switch gear controls (ESC) factory premises in Kawempe off Ttula road a city suburb.
The minister revealed that the president made the directive at a special cabinet meeting after getting a brief about the challenges local manufacturers of power transformers and electrical appliances face among them including the gross lack of local markets of their products.
The manufacturers of these products had reportedly asked the President to prevail over these challenges with deep reasoning that they are not benefiting from the newly launched BUBU policy that is geared towards helping local investors to benefit from the big internal markets.
Kyambadde said instructions have been sent out compelling all government agencies dealing with the power sector utilization to begin budgeting for purchase of locally manufactured power transformers with effect from 2019 and that they expect swift compliance.
She commended the managing director ESC John Kalibbala for manufacturing high quality transformers and electricity appliances saying government bodies must be compelled to buy such facilities.
Kalibbala in his remarks commended the minister and government for finally responding to their long time opinion saying they now have hope and assurance of a big local market however noted that they manufacture over 1,000 high quality transformers and power swatch gears and controls.
The commissioner for Industry in trade ministry Peter Balimunsi, explained to the delegation that they appreciate the big part local investors are playing especially the Electrical switch gears and controls Ltd.(ESC) for their outstanding performance in the national power sub sector because many thought their products were of inferior quality.
‘’We challenge all government agencies to adhere to the policy directive so that the local manufacturers can tap into the big market potential available for a win win situation for all players” noted Balimunsi.