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    Uganda Airlines Sets the Bar High for Potential Local Suppliers

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    Uganda Airlines Sets the Bar High for Potential Local Suppliers
    • June 26, 2024 • 27 days ago
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    Many local firms are missing out on contracts with Uganda Airlines due to their inability to meet the airline's strict international standards, as highlighted by Uganda Airlines CEO at the Uganda Airlines Suppliers Forum in Kampala.

    Many local firms are missing out on valuable contracts with Uganda Airlines due to their failure to meet strict international standards, as revealed during the Uganda Airlines Suppliers Forum in Kampala today. Chief Executive Officer, Jenifer Bamuturaki, highlighted the need for suppliers to adhere to unique specifications, maintain consistency, and comply with the strict guidelines to qualify for contracts with the national carrier.

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    Bamuturaki addressed the challenges faced by local suppliers, emphasizing that while Ugandan firms often start strong, they tend to falter over time.

    "My fellow Ugandans have a way where they do something very well, then they slide back," she noted.

    This inconsistency, coupled with the inability to meet precise requirements, has prevented many local businesses from securing contracts with Uganda Airlines.

    The forum, aimed at fostering better understanding and preparation among potential suppliers, underscored the importance of looking beyond traditional offerings such as food, clothing, and drinks. Bamuturaki urged local suppliers to expand their horizons and explore opportunities in various other sectors essential to the airline's operations.

    The forum's discussions come at a time when the Uganda Airlines prepares for an expansion. The Ugandan government recently announced a substantial allocation of $95 million in the next financial year to support the airline's growth. These funds will be directed towards various areas, including aircraft maintenance and leasing, new equipment purchases, service contracts, and infrastructure development projects.

    Bamuturaki made it clear that the airline's partnerships will prioritize suppliers who demonstrate unwavering consistency and adherence to the required specifications. "We have very strict procedures to make sure you remain in line," she asserted, warning the business community that Uganda Airlines will only collaborate with those who can maintain high standards consistently.

    The strict standards set by Uganda Airlines are in line with the aviation industry's global practices, where safety, reliability, and quality are paramount. Suppliers must meet these rigorous criteria to ensure the airline operates efficiently and meets the expectations of its passengers.

    Many local firms, however, find these standards challenging to meet. The aviation industry demands precision, quality control, and reliability, which require significant investment in technology, training, and quality assurance processes. For many small and medium-sized enterprises in Uganda, these requirements can be prohibitively expensive and complex to implement.

    Local suppliers were encouraged to invest in capacity building and to seek partnerships with international firms to enhance their capabilities. By aligning themselves with global standards, Ugandan businesses can position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the expansion of Uganda Airlines.

    The government's substantial financial commitment to Uganda Airlines emphasizes its strategic importance to the country's economy. A national carrier can boost tourism, enhance trade, and provide a link to global markets. Ensuring that local businesses can participate in this growth is vital for maximizing the economic benefits and fostering sustainable development.

    While the stringent specifications and strict guidelines set by Uganda Airlines present challenges for local firms, they also offer an opportunity for those willing to invest in quality and consistency. By meeting these high standards, local suppliers can not only secure contracts with the national carrier but also enhance their competitiveness in the global market. The Uganda Airlines Suppliers Forum served as a critical platform for highlighting these opportunities and encouraging local businesses to rise to the challenge.

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