Minister for Presidency commended UPPC role for the USPC factory construction
On Wednesday this week, the Minister for Presidency-Hon. Milly Babirye Babalanda commended Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) for the role it has played towards the construction of the Uganda Security Printing Company (UPSC) factory in Entebbe. The factory will be built within the UPPC premises.
While officiating at the ground breaking ceremony of the factory, Hon. Babalanda, applauded UPPC, for the incomparable leadership and role played sofar for the construction of the Uganda security printing factory. “I wish to thank UPPC for allocating land to the USPC as it is reflected in the Joint Venture Agreement. This allocation was very instrumental to kick starting the idea of the security factory’’, Hon. Babalanda said.
In her speech, the Minister also thanked UPPC leadership for its’ contribution towards the realization of the presidents’ dream of local security printing. “The leadership of the UPPC, that of the USPC, and our German partners – Veridos GmbH are greatly credited for working hard to realize the President’s dream of security printing in Uganda.’’ Babalanda added.
In a bid to achieve Vision 2040 and NDP III targets for the printing industry, the government of Uganda in 2018 signed an agreement with Veridos identity solutions group, a German firm to start printing its own security documents including bank notes, passports, identity cards, driving permits among others.
Kenneth Oluka, the Managing Director of UPPC said that UPPC as pioneers of the printing industry will do everything needed to ensure that the project succeeds. “As the majority shareholder in this joint venture, we pledge to fulfil our obligations to ensure success of this project and other future projects.’’ Oluka said.
UPPC which is one of the oldest institutions in Uganda will this year celebrate 120 years of offering secure printing services to Ugandans.
Oluka also explained that the factory will be of international standards. “This project is the fruit of a joint venture between the Government of Uganda, represented by UPPC and the German Consortium Veridos GmbH to support and enhance security printing with the result that Uganda shall conform to internationally accepted security printing standards, ISO 14298’’. Mr. Oluka said.
The government of Uganda through UPPC owns 51 percent of the company shareholding while Veridos GmbH owns 49 per cent.
UPPC is a public corporation mandated to print and publish laws, legal notices and public notices in the official Government newspaper, The Gazette. The corporation head offices are situated in Entebbe-Airport Road with regional presence in cities like Kampala, Mbale, Jinja, Hoima, Mbarara, Fort portal, Kapchorwa among others.