Briefcase contractors killing Uganda’s construction industry
UCICO Bill 2012, when passed by Parliament, will introduce structured grading of firms and contractors on a regular basis based on their performance, experience and commitment to become reputable construction firms.
The construction industry in Uganda faces major impediments, some of which are interrelated. The situation was worse six years ago before government’s decision to prioritise the sector by allocating more resources. Though there is progress, it has not reached a desirable level. Key among the challenges the sector faces are: weak local contractor capacity, (many small SMEs briefcase contractors and speculators) inadequate resources, lack of prioritisation and systemic intervention, weak procurement systems, and lack of a strong government regulator to guide the industry to prosperity.