On 24th January 2019, the Finance Minister, Hon. Matia Kasaija hosted a German delegation that visited Uganda to pursue joint ventures opportunities with the German public and private sectors.
This landmark event arose out of UDB’s initiative and relationship with the European Organization for Sustainable Development (EOSD). Last year, a Ugandan delegation led by Hon. Kasaija travelled to the City of Karlsruhe and a communique was signed with Mr. Arshad Rab, CEO of EOSD.
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The German delegation was led by Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe Germany. The delegates included experts in the renewable energy, innovations, industry and education sectors. A series of successful meetings were held over the course of the 2 day visit with Government Ministries including the Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. They also held meetings with public institutions that included Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology Makerere University (CEDAT) as well as private sector partners such as Simba Group of Companies and Moto Geothermal Uganda project. “I would like to call upon all Ugandans, companies, and institutions to seize this golden opportunity and build on the foundation we made when we visited Germany in order to make partnerships that will benefit our two countries,”Kasaija remarked.
The German delegation was very pleased with the engagement and expressed commitment to the various pacts that were made. “I think it is very interesting that you have a different landscape of enterprises and situations you need solutions to and it’s often better to go the way with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and not with the big players’ Dr. Mentrup said.
Particularly noteworthy was the signing of the Letter of Intent between the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology at Makerere University (CEDAT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany. The two institutions sealed their intent to work on a project proposal for the “German-Ugandan Joint Training and Research Centre for Renewable Energies.” The partnership was endorsed by Dr. Mentrup. He affirmed that the signing of the letter is an important step towards the cooperation between the two institutes and is welcomed by the City of Karlsruhe. CEDAT was represented by Professor Henry Alinaitwe and the Fraunhofer Institute by Dr. Stefan Troster.
The Managing Director, UDB, Patricia Ojangole said that ultimately there will be several initiatives implemented, all intended to fast-track Uganda’s socio-economic agenda.