Can Uganda avoid the Oil Curse


Our search for engineering and construction-related information rages like a bush fire in a dry season. And so in a spell of two months we moved the entire 8M Information Forum members to the Roofings factory at the Namanve Industrial Park for a visit. The aim was to discover if Uganda is on the way to manufacturing steel.

Then the good but no-nonsense Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, joined the after-visit party to admonish “engineers, who, by their training should be in the lead in the practical production and manufacturing of products and services, yet they only lament and ask Government to do something.”

As the Master of Ceremonies of the occasion, I reminded the party about the famous John F. Kennedy statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” At 8M Construction Digest, this statement holds, when we write educative and informative articles for readers to digest and act accordingly.

In this issue we bring you the bombshell, “Can Uganda avoid the oil curse?” for a reason. It will be a series of exciting and well researched articles to scare us stiff before we fail. And thus continues our effort to expand everyone’s business by knowing a lot more than yesterday!

But let the truth be told: We thank our stakeholders, particularly the policy-makers, the professionals, the business community, academicians in institutions of higher learning, and many others, for encouraging us to go on writing more along the line of innovative and professional technical journalism for development.

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