Minister for Presidency Milly Babalanda has encouraged the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to take the initiative in establishing a national printing institute. This institute would focus on equipping individuals with modern printing skills to bolster industrialization efforts in the country.
Minister Babalanda made this announcement during the launch of UPPC’s five-year strategic plan, on September 14, 2023, where she emphasized the importance of embracing digital technology to ensure cost-effectiveness while providing better value for money. She also suggested the establishment of a printing museum, which could enhance local tourism and celebrate the nation’s printing heritage.
The UPPC’s strategic plan aims to modernize and improve the operations of the national printing entity. It includes the establishment of a national printing institute that would provide young people with contemporary skills in extending printing services to the population. Prof. Sudi Nangoli, the Managing Director of UPPC, highlighted the importance of digitalizing printing services, especially the national gazette, to reduce the substantial costs incurred when outsourcing printing services abroad.
Minister Babalanda stressed the importance of avoiding past mistakes and instead concentrating on implementing the strategic plan effectively.