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Uganda Airlines injects Shs 120bn in local content

Jeniffer Bamuturaki, the chief executive officer of Uganda Airlines, has said the company has invested more than Shs 120 billion in supporting Ugandan businesses that supply the airlines with locally-manufactured products.

Bamutaraki made these remarks at the suppliers’ forum held last week at Mestil hotel.

“Ninety per cent of the products used on Uganda Airlines are Ugandan. Our food, our alcohol and even some of our uniforms, are Ugandan-made. We try as much as possible to support Ugandan products but we have that issue of quality consistency,” Bamuturaki noted.

She urged people who supply Uganda Airlines with products to always maintain the consistency and quality of the products supplied to the airline.

“We are dedicated to supporting homegrown businesses to provide the kind of products that we are looking for and we believe that in the next five years, many businesses will have come up and worked with us to meet our standards,” Bamuturaki pointed out.

Additionally, she pointed out that the forum is providing avenues and opportunities to Ugandans to supply the best-quality products and most of the suppliers of Uganda Airlines have complied with the packaging and other standards set by the airlines.

Furthermore, she highlighted that Uganda Airlines is shifting towards cleaner forms of fuel that don’t emit fumes. She said many of Uganda Airlines’ fleet of planes are compatible with this fuel.

Michael Kalisa, the head of Quality Control at Uganda Airlines, noted that the aim of the forum was to engage suppliers - both current and prospective - and give them an overview of what the airlines requires.

Kalisa urged suppliers to conform to the rules set by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority and Uganda Registration Services Bureau if they want to work with Uganda Airlines.

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