?With new machinery and computers we expect to scale down the workforce, check forgery, beat deadlines and reassert UPCC as a one-stop center for printing government business,? said the chairman, UPPC board of directors Edward George Ococ recently at a press conference.


?Since its inception in 1902, there has been no complaint of our copies leaking.?

Ococ emphasized that all government work including identity cards, land titles, birth certificates and newspapers used to be printed by UPPC.

?Ours was counterfeit-proof. There are details and fonts that are found nowhere else. With new the management led by managing director Irene Muwanguzi, we expect UPPC to improve the reading and writing culture in the country.?

Muwanguzi spoke of inheriting old machinery, a work force dating back to the 1970s with a single source of income.

?We intend to establish a printing college, beat deadlines and diversify our sources of income. The place is currently under-exploited? she said.

The managing director pointed out that archiving is another innovation to be brought on board after most of the country?s history was vandalized during the political turmoil suffered after independence (in 1962).

?We will have photographs, video and audio storage. ?It will be a one-stop center for researchers, writers and publishers. On top of that we intend to set up standards to be followed by the entire industry.?

Muwanguzi felt that it is high time printing in Uganda is professionalized with counterparts in South Africa and UK serving as role models.

?We will put in place a yardstick of what players should do and not do in this sensitive trade.?

By Titus Kakembo, The New Vision


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