Cabinet yesterday approved the proposal by the Ministry of Works and Transport for the government of Uganda to take over the ownership of the East African Civil Aviation Academy (EACAA), Soroti.
According the government Spokesperson who doubles as the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo, the benefits of the takeover will enable the country:
Train commercial Pilots and Aircraft maintenance Engineers for the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Air Forces, Uganda Police Air Wing , the Executive (Presidential) Jet, commercial and general aviation as well as feeding into the newly revived Uganda Airline; maximize the benefits from investments made by Government of Uganda at EACAA since 1977; save the country colossal sums of foreign exchange which would be used for training pilots and Aircrafts Maintenance Engineers abroad/overseas;
And strengthen the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as well as promote Uganda’s image and credibility as a centre of excellence in the aviation industry.
Cabinet also approved the guidelines for the negotiation of loan and grants by the government which will provide for: Secure financing on affordable terms; ensure that Loans and Grants are negotiated and closed with affordable rates and better terms and conditions and avoid unnecessary risk to Government and to resolve foreseen implementation related issues.
Also approved was the transformation the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development Project (PIBID) into the Banana Industrial Research and Development Centre (BIRDC) for industrial application as a successor body with a legal mandate as detailed in the BIRDC’s Strategic Plan for FY 2019/2020 to 2023/2024. The transformation will: Provide Leadership in Research and Development over the banana theme; generate competitive agribusiness models for rural transformation and commercialization; unpack and transfer appropriate technologies to entrepreneurs across the sector.
Cabinet further approved the National Climate Change Bill, 2018. The bill will; provide a legal frame work for enforcing climate change adaptation actions through which Uganda will be able to make adjustments in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected impacts of climate change in a manner that will reduce harm or exploit potential opportunities and enable Uganda pursue its voluntary mitigation targets of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions.