Industry and Technology Functions

The functions of the department are to:

  • Initiate and formulate policies, legislation and strategies for industrial and technological development;
  • Promote industrial research, science and innovation;
  • Acquire, develop, advance and promote appropriate technologies;
  • Collect, analyze and disseminate information on industry sector for policy guidance and decision making;
  • Support the development and transformation of the informal sector (Jua-kali) and indigenous
  • technologies;
  • Support development of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and industries with a major focus on backward and forward linkages;
  • Develop and promote standardization, quality assurance, laboratory testing, metrology and accreditation to enhance competitiveness of local industries, ensure consumer protection, and enforce compliance with technical regulations;
  • Develop specialized skills to support industrial and technological development;
  • Encourage the establishment of backward and forward linkage industries with special emphasis to agro-processing and other aspects of the country’s competitive advantage;
  • Coordinate, promote and support establishment of linkages and partnerships with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Private Sector to enhance values and benefits from the sector;
  • Oversee the operations of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI);
  • Oversee the operations of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS);
  • Oversee the operations of the Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC);
  • Oversee the operations of the Uganda Development Corporation Ltd (UDC);
  • Formulate Laws, Policies, Strategies and Plans that foster accelerated Industrial and
  • Technological growth in the Country for economic growth and development.
  • Monitor and supervise the implementation of Policies, Laws and Strategies for sustainable industrial and technological growth in the country.
  • Build capacity of Public Institutions and the Private Sector (including MSMEs) for industrial and technological growth in the country.
  • Promote Value Addition for Industrial and Technological growth.
  • Provide and facilitate supporting infrastructure for Industrial and Technological growth.
  •  Undertake technical inspection, supervision,
    monitoring and regulation of industries in the
  • Collect, analyze data on industry
    and update the Industry Database
  • Coordinate implementation of the
    Manufacturing Programme of the
Industry and Technology Functions