Sino Africa Medical Devices, a Chinese company, has set up a manufacturing plant in Uganda to produce long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets.
Amelia Kyambadde, the minister of Trade, Industrial and Cooperatives, mentioned that the factory will assist the government raise revenues in form of taxes and other revenues as well as offer jobs to the youth. The factory already has 115 Ugandans working at its Luzira premises. The factory plans on manufacturing three million mosquito nets annually in its initial phase.
“This investment is the first in Uganda and there are only two such factories in East Africa. The first major producer of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets in East Africa is A to Z Textiles Limited in Tanzania. Uganda currently produces less than 500,000 bales of cotton lint but we have the potential of producing over one million bales annually. So, the factory will in future benefit our cotton farmers,” she said. The factor, then, falls under the textile industry.
Zhao Yali, the Chinese ambassador to Uganda, said the plant is part of the Chinese program to support Uganda’s industrialisation agenda. For instance, he said that in Luzira industrial park alone, there are eight Chinese companies manufacturing different products and employing more than 700 Ugandans.
Sino Africa is expected to make mosquito nets more affordable as well as lower production costs.
The factory plans on expanding its production capacity to between 10 million – 30 million mosquito nets annually, targeting regional markets such as Burundi,Kenya, Rwanda, DRC and South Sudan. The company is expected to recruit more than 2,000 Ugandans in the process of its expansion.