The Department of Industry and Technology is responsible for

  • Policy formulation, planning and coordination; and promoting the expansion, diversification and competitiveness of the industrial and technological sector.

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.

Development Projects Overseen by Department of Industry

Soroti Fruit Factory under the Executive Director - Uganda Development Corporation

One Village One Product Programme Under the Commissioner – Industry and Technology

Support to Innovation under the EV Car Project University Secretary

Policy Framework for Industry Sector

Work plan Outputs for 2015/16 and 2016/17

  • Implementation of Sector Specific Strategies and interventions reviewed by key Stakeholders;
  • Formulation of the Sugar Control Act;
  • Publication and Dissemination of the National Leather and Leather Products Policy
  • Stakeholder consultative workshop on the draft MSME policy implementation plan Industrial Licensing Bill, draft

Policys Presented to Cabinet

  • Industrial Licensing Bill, draft
  • Packaged Water Policy presented to Cabinet;


1.National Industrial Policy

2.National Sugar Policy

3.EAC Industrialization Strategy

4.EAC Industrialization Report

5.Leather and Leather Products Policy

6.National Textile Policy


8. MSME Policy booklet

 Uganda Export Promotion Board Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority Management Training and Advisory Centre Uganda National Bureau of Standards Uganda Industrial Research Institute