oa East African Geographical Review - East African record Further industrial growth at Jinja

Volume 1964, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Attention was drawn in the first issue of this journal to the development at Jinja of the first steel rolling milling mill in East Africa. During 1963 plans for a number of other major industrial undertakings have been announced, which on completion will serve further to emphasize the position of Jinja as the foremost industrial centre of its kind in East Africa. Five major factors are involved in this development: firstly, the astute investment of very large sums of money by the Madhvani group of companies, a source that already underlies much of the economic life of the Jinja area in agriculture as well as industry; secondly, government support for Jinja's developing role as the industrial focus of Uganda; thirdly the availability of large quantities of power from the Owen Falls hydro-electric station, power that is cheaper at source for major plants than elsewhere in Uganda, together with the possibility of constructing a second dam a few miles downstream at Bujagali Falls should the need arise; fourthly, the general geographical situation of Jinja in the economically focal lake zone of Uganda, well served by communications; finally, the ready availability of plentiful supplies of labour, water and land for industrial use in Jinja and the immediate vicinity.

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