CEDAT recently started conducting short course by running a two-week course called Public Private Partnership. The course was officially opened by Assoc. Prof. Albert Byamugisha, the Senior Advisor on Monitoring and Evaluation in the office of the Prime Minister.
The course is being facilitated by a host of experts in various fields headed by Dr Kenneth Ssemwogerere.
The event was also attended by the head of Architecture, Dr Stephen Mukiibi, the Deputy Principal, Dr Venny Nakazibwe and the Principal, Assoc. Prof. Henry Alinaitwe.
Prof. Byamugisha thanked the University for starting the PPP training, which has previously been undertaken abroad. This is the first time PPP courses are offered in Uganda. Prof. Byamugisha encouraged the participants to take advantage of the training opportunity presented to them, arguing that there is a lot to learn owing to the complexity of PPP projects.
“The concept of PPP is new in Uganda so we have to understand the design and implementation so that we can be able to drive our economy to a middle-income economy. We have to be able to attract multi-national and private companies engage in join ventures with our government,” Prof. Byamugisha said.
He highlighted some projects that are funded under the PPP arrangement. These include the construction of the Jinja-Kampala express highway, whose contract has been approved, the MV Kalangala, Serena Hotel as well as many other road projects.
He told the participants that the country needed more skills to support PPP, which is why is is important for them to acquire the knowledge so as to contribute to the development of the country and their organizations of work.
Most of the participants where drawn from UNRA, NITA, Mulago as well as business persons.
The Principal thanked the main tutor Dr Ssemwogerere for havig developed the course content for this programme. Dr Alinaitwe appreciated Dr Ssemwogerere for contributing to the development of knowledge transfer partnerships.