Engineer Kasingye Kyamugambi set to give keynote address on importance of globally competitive infrastructure
The Public Relations Association of Uganda’s professional development and networking event, famously known as the PRAU Nite is back this Thursday 7th December 2017 at Hotel Africana. This time around, the public relations practitioners are set to engage in a discussion with top executives of the Standard Gauge Railway led by the Head of the Ugandan SGR Project, Engineer Kasingye Kyamugambi. His keynote address is titled: “Infrastructure as an Engine of Economic Transformation for Uganda”
The SGR is an infrastructure project whose purpose is to build an efficient railway system that will stimulate industrialization, reduce unemployment and transform Uganda. The Vision of the SGR is to ‘Develop a modern and efficient railway transport systems in Uganda’, while its Mission is ‘To develop in a cost-effective manner the SGR network in line with the regional SGR Protocol and the Greater Kampala Light Rail Mass Transit (LRT) system’.
Cynthia Mpanga the PRAU President was upbeat about the upcoming PRAU Nite engagement with the SGR team and stressed the Project’s importance to Uganda. “When it comes to economic and social development, the importance of world-class transportation and infrastructure is key. In order for Uganda to improve its competitiveness in the region and in Africa, it requires the undertaking of a project such as the SGR. We at PRAU have been keenly following the SGR project that will place Uganda on a higher pedestal once completed; this is because it will ensure logistics move at a faster, cheaper pace which will, in turn, spur economic growth. The SGR project is key for us as an association because it will translate into the growth of our economy, and an increased demand for public relations practitioners,” Mpanga said.
Diana Apio, Head Public Relations & Corporate Affairs at SGR stated that they are honoured to participate in the PRAU Nite as part of their continuous efforts to sensitize and prepare as many Ugandans for the immense opportunities and benefits that the SGR will bring to the country both during and after construction. “The SGR is a multimillion-dollar project and we know that this project has elicited a lot of attention and interest from various stakeholders. It is our aim that through engagements such as this with PRAU, we will be able to help as many Ugandans to appreciate why the Government is undertaking such a huge investment and what it means for the country once completed. We, therefore, look forward to sharing an update on the implementation status and also hear from the members of PRAU who collectively represent key organizations that will directly and indirectly contribute and benefit from the SGR”
She continued: “We all look forward to the SGR as it will totally overhaul the concept of rail infrastructure in Uganda by introducing globally competitive quality services which is necessary as we all work towards becoming a middle-income economy. We are sure the SGR will provide a good avenue to spur growth as it will provide a railway service that is safe, reliable, affordable and efficient especially for bulk freight and passenger transportation”.
The PRAU Nite is free for PRAU members. Non-members will be expected to pay only UGX 20,000 (twenty thousand shillings only). Going by previous PRAU Nites, the upcoming one is a must attend. The last PRAU Nite was a full house in which the Managing Editor of Chimp Reports, Mr. Giles Muhame, delivered a keynote presentation on “Breaking the Story & Picking up the Pieces”. It was an evening full of learning, networking and engagement as PRAU members filled the venue in an impressive turn-up.