In a bid to fight the spread of coronavirus, the Uganda Spirits Manufacturers have agreed to Convert ethanol worth 7.3 million liters into hand sanitizers. Ms Evelyn Anite, the state minister for investment made the pronouncement. Ms Anite reached the agreement in a meeting with Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) and Spirits Manufacturers in Kampala.
Since manufacturers are changing their business plan to manufacturing sanitisers, Ms White says the government will give then tax incentives. These will include corporation tax and exercise duty waivers. The head of tax at Ministry of Finance, Mr Moses Kaggwa said they will discuss modalities of exempting manufacturers from excise duty payment with Uganda Revenue Authority.
Ms. Anite commended Uganda National Bureau of Standards for their tireless effort to see to it that spirit producing companies are certified to start production. This will be in four days from now. The country had only two companies that have been producing sanitizers. However, with this incentive, over 48 companies will be registered to produce sanitizers.
This will mean that sanitizers will be more affordable by even a lay man. Unlike now where prices are abnormally high due to the high demand in the recent weeks. This high demand is a result of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. Not to forget, every locally produced sanitizer will bear the Q- quality mark to make sure its authentic.
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