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Uganda: Govt Fast-Tracks Completion of Technology Incubation Centre

Written by corres2

As one of the ways to implement the national science, technology and innovation skills enhancement project, the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is fast-tracking the establishment of a Technology Innovation and Business Incubation Centre (TIBIC) at the Kampala Industrial Business Park in Namanve.

The facility, whose construction started in February this year and expected to be completed by May, 2022, will comprise of administrative block which will have offices, flexible workspaces and a smart conference room.

Other features include multimedia facilities, a cafeteria and a separate maintenance centre meant to support innovators in the automobile industry with a capability of accommodating up to 200 people.

According to Anthony Okimat, the project coordinator, the centre will act as a platform for technology development through the process industry learning factory model, including common user facilities and shared workspaces for scientists and innovators to help them further develop their technologies and business models.

Okimat said this during a tour of the facility recently and added that among the expected outcomes of the centre will be the enhancement of the emergency of technology oriented start-ups, increased competitiveness of the micro, small and medium enterprises sector through import substitution and export diversification as well as spurring locally-manufactured tool designs.

“This facility is meant to nurture scientists and innovators who are engaged in technology based star ups initiatives to ensure that they become viable businesses that can create employment and be able to provide import substitution and export promotion that we are aspiring as a country,” Okimat said.