The Uganda government has decided to set aside Ush20 billion ($5.6 million) in the next fiscal year to support the start of production in the first car assembly plant of the country. With the funding, the long-awaited commercial production of motor vehicles is coming closer, after years of delays.
With the government funding, the plant for production of locally developed Kiira car can start on a piece of land in an eastern province of Uganda. Production of parts and cars at the assembly plant, a project of Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation and China Engineering Limited, is expected to create over 2,000 direct jobs and 12,000 indirect jobs. The plant is expected to have an installed capacity of 5,000 vehicles.
The East African reports that the idea of manufacturing cars in Uganda started in 2011 when students at the country’s Makerere University built the Kiira EV (electronic vehicle) and the solar-powered Kayoola EV bus in 2016.
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