Uganda manufacturers association is proposing parliament finance committee to incorporate a clause in the local content bill, which instructs investors to have over 40% of the labour force to be Ugandans.
While appearing before the committee of finance chaired by Rubanda East MP Henry Musasizi, UMA officials who were lead by association deputy director Deo Kayemba proposed that all the employees should be offered a uniform salaries as these from abroad. UMA was among the last stakeholders to interface with the committee before reporting back to parliament next Thursday.
It has also proposed the government to instruct investors to have a work plan of training Ugandans on the various technicalities before they are provided a license. Among other proposals, these are demanding to have Ugandan companies to be offered priorities in awarding contracts before considering foreign companies.
UMA has also proposed to include government agencies like National bureau of standards to ease the process of enforcing quality. UMA has also called upon the committee to front some products locally produced if these can satisfy the population instead of importing these which are going to out-compete for locally produced commodities.
However, the bill has come at a time when the president is still sourcing potential investors raising questions whether it will be affected. However, the committee chairperson MP Rubanda Henry Musasizi says they have to consider this provision.