Modern times bring with it the required sense of recognition towards initiatives that cultivate the further of advancement in all industries. While most civilised countries take such a simple task as commercial driving for granted, many nations overseas are still developing such things we never give a second glance.
As patron of Transaid, an organisation dedicated to advancements and sustaining of transportation, HRH Princess Anne attended the event launch of the Professional Driver Training Uganda (PDTU) program. PDTU is committed to nurturing the future of Uganda by producing many commercially-trained drivers for the industry in the country with hopes of employment opportunities arising in the future. With the oil and gas industries on the rise in this sub-Saharan region, the need for adequately-trained drivers is high. And this need is being fulfilled thanks to the efforts of these dedicated organisations.
Transaid remains a partner in this initiative among organisations such as the GIZ E4D/SOGA – Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa and Safe Way Right Way.
Princess Anne praised the program’s efforts saying: “The number of people dying on the road each year in sub-Saharan Africa is third only to deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS….We have the ability to reduce that figure through road safety projects. The extraordinary support the transport and logistics industry has shown to Transaid demonstrates the huge value of professional driver training.”
“The development of skills is critical in ensuring that nationals are able to participate in important sectors like oil and gas and industrialisation. Specifically for Uganda, the programme supports the government’s ambitions in developing national content,” said British Deputy High Commissioner to Uganda, Sarah Mann.
Prospective hopes foresee these initiatives producing nearly 2000 trained drivers for the oil and gas industries that are quickly growing in Uganda. Investments in these sectors are expected to rise to roughly $20 billion within the coming years.