Keynote Speakers


Mr. Olonya Jamesone-UNABCEC President

He is the President of Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABCEC).

Chief Guest

H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

President of the Republic of Uganda.


Hon. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala.

Minister of Works and Transport.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba

Prof. Lumumba is a notable Pan-Africanist, a researcher with vast experience in various forms of funding for infrastructure projects in Africa and is passionate about local content.

Session programme

14 December 2023 9:30 am

Kololo Independence Grounds

Description: This session will include opening remarks under the topic: “Unlatching doors for decades of industry significance”


· Mr. JamesOne Olonya, UNABCEC President

· Hon. Gen. Katumba Wamala, Minister of Works and Transport,

· Chief Guest: H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda.

  • Opening Address
  • Launching UCIFE
  • Launching UNABSEC Brand

14 December 2023 11:20 am

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Building a sustainable future for the local construction industry in Africa.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. P.L.O Lumumba

14 December 2023 11:50 am

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Has Uganda’s Private Sector grown or declined in the last three (3) decades?

Description: For the past 3 decades, the private sector has been envisaged to be the driver of economic development (NDP I, II & III). This panel discussion will feature industry experts to explore;

  • the past and current challenges limiting the growth of the private sector in construction,
  • the potential of the construction industry, and
  • how to re-position the National Construction Industry as the lead transformer of Uganda's economy.

14 December 2023 2:20 pm

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Investment Opportunities in the Construction Industry

Description: Panel discussion/ presentations on the available and future opportunities for construction including updates on upcoming infrastructure projects in Uganda i.e. roads & bridges, buildings, oil & gas, electrical works, etc; financing options for construction projects; and how to take advantage of these opportunities (sustainability amidst crises/ unpredictable situations lie Covid, World Bank withdrawal of funding, lack of work etc; regulation; and capacity building modes like JVs, training, etc)

14 December 2023 3:40 pm

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Green, Digital and Intelligent construction and infrastructure industry

Description: The session will develop constructive and forward-looking dialogues aiming to support green construction modes/ materials, the importance of green construction, case studies of green building projects, and digital transition of the construction and infrastructure industry, and further strengthen cooperation in renewable energy, minerals, innovations, and technology.

15 December 2023 8:40 am

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Standardization of Construction Materials

Description: Panel discussion on the materials used in construction works and challenges brought about by using substandard materials. Panelists will discuss Available construction materials on the market, Challenges in the standardization process and how to mitigate them, and the linkage between substandard materials and Collapsing buildings.

15 December 2023 11:00 am

Kololo Independence Grounds

Topic: Positioning the Construction Industry to take advantage of the East African Community market and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Description: This session will look at available construction opportunities in the East African Community market and the AfCFTA, how to take advantage of these opportunities, and barriers in cross-border trade in services and how to mitigate them.

15 December 2023 12:20 pm

Kololo Independence Grounds

  • Summary of key takeaways from the forum.
  • Vote of thanks by UNABCEC Past Chairman
  • Closing Remarks by Hon. Gen. Katumba Wamala, Minister of Works and Transport.

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