By Katabalwa Charles/Umoja Standard.
Lugogo, Kampala-Uganda: The trade fair which started on 6th October ended on 10th October after a one week long of exhibition under Theme, “Harnessing Economic Recovery Through Local sourcing and Deepening value chain integration”, attracted over 920 exhibitors this year coming from a record 25 countries including USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda, Turkey, Thiland , Nigeria, Rwanda, Malaysia among others.
The General Manager of Tembo steel Manish Kalla after receiving the best exhibitor award thanked organizers for respecting Buy Uganda Build Uganda initiative because his company uses only Ugandans based raw materials which has helped to create more jobs for youth as well as increasing government tax bass.
However, has disclosed that there is need for more creativity from the organisers, even from individual exhibitors, if the show has got to regain its pomp and popularity after the deadliest COVID-19 pandemic, there is need for more fun activities to bring back that carnival feel that attracts the crowd, need for more advertising of the event, among others
UMA says the COVID-19 pandemic affected but still the good number appeared amidst difficulties saying the exhibition was started to give Ugandan manufacturers an avenue to showcase their products and encourage them by having them meet as many as possible of their clients in a free environment.
The prime minister of Uganda Rt. Hon Robina Nabanja who represented the president of Uganda to the close the exhibition appreciated the exhibitors for not giving up during these hard times after the pandemic and assured them support from government among which include securing land bigger than the UMA show grounds such that exhibit in wide space.
President Museveni, through his speech delivered by prime minister urged Ugandans and foreign investors to make use of economic opportunities which are abundant in all parties of the country to create wealth and jobs.
Museveni added that Ugandan government knew the necessity big markets early and started working towards economic integration of East Africa to benefit in from the bigger regional and continental markets of Africa because the population of 42 million Ugandans is a small market to guarantee prosperity therefore the support of integration of East and African market of 1.2 billion people is the way to go for the Uganda’s surplus commodities such as milk, sugar maize cement, still bars among others.
About Tembo Steel, Uganda Limited (TSUL).
TSUL an ISO 9002 certified company, one of East Africa’s largest company with interest in manufacturing hot and cold rolled profiles, Strategic investments made by the company have resulted in the creation of tangible & intangible assets which are at the heart of Ugandan economy.
With its timeless business philosophy TSUL is geared up to not only survive but win in a marketplace marked by feverish change. Indeed, the company’s blistering success story has been scripted principally by its resolve to innovate, set new principles, enhance capabilities, enrich lives and to ensure that it stays true to its value system.
Not surprisingly, the company is very much a future corporation, poised to become the most preferred steel manufacturer in the country.
Led by Mr. Sanjay Awasthi, the company produces economical and efficient steel through backward and forward integration.
From the widest flat products to a whole range of long products, TSUL today sports a product portfolio that caters to markets across the steel value chain. An ingenious spirit and the ability to discern future trends have been the driving force behind the company’s remarkable growth story.
TSUL operates sponge iron plant at Iganga in the Uganda
& has an installed capacity of .2 MTPA (million tons per annum) Structure Mill and a Strip Mill at Iganga in Uganda.
It has set up a .3 MTPA wire rod mill and a .3 MTPA capacity bar mill at Lugazi, Uganda.
The organization is wedded to ideals like innovation and technological leadership and is backed by a highly driven and dedicated workforce of 3000 people.