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Local Capacity in the Roads Sector

The local road construction and maintenance companies lack capacity to acquire and maintain the road equipment. The cost of essential machinery is often far more than start-up companies can afford.  The expenditure of heavy ‘plant’ like bulldozers is well beyond the reach of smaller contractors. These unaffordable equipment costs are widely regarded as the main barrier to small companies gaining a foothold in the roads industry.

According to the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE), there are 588 registered engineers; of whom majority work under different consulting  firms, construction companies and government organisations like Ministry of Works and Transport, and United Nations Association among others. There are also other members who are not yet registered with UIPE but they do work in the engineering field. The estimated number of graduates with engineering degrees is about  800 which is a low number. The country still requires engineers with experience in road construction and maintenance.

The Uganda Society of Architects, together with the Architects Registration Board, are the two professional institutional bodies for architects in Uganda. The corporate membership body today stands at 230 members with active practicing architects at 120.  120 practising architects are too few for the country

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