Uganda is to Set Up Plant to Recycle Computers

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Under the national industrialisation policy, Uganda and Microsoft are to sign a deal, allowing the country to refurbish used computer, state minister for industry and technology Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has announced.

The policy, which was approved by the Cabinet, was evolved by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

Under the project, used and obsolete computers will be given a new lease and sold at subsidised prices.

Meeting the director general of UNIDO in Kampala, Kandeh Yumkella, Kamuntu said the project, which is the first of this kind in East Africa, would boost industrialisation.

The programme will transform Uganda from a third world into an industrialised nation, which focuses on exploiting and developing natural domestic resource-based industries, agro processing, engineering and information and communication technology tools, the minister said.

However, he noted that despite the development policy, energy was among the things that had hampered the industrialisation drive in the country. Kamuntu called for the development of alternative power sources, like thermal, solar and biogas.

Only 9% of the Ugandan population had access to power, the minister noted.

"Because of the energy crisis and some parts of the country not being connected to the power grid, people in rural areas go early to bed and indulge in other things." Yumkella pledged that UNIDO would help Uganda develop the energy sector.

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