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UGANDA PRINTING AND PUBLISHING
CORPORATION (UPPC)
FORMER
GOVERNMENT PRINTER
A DEPARTMENT
UNDER
THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OUR HISTORY
LOCATION:
We started from former Ministry of Public Service
office which was located at the current NARO Offices,
Entebbe, before 1900
We shifted to current State House during the period
1900 – 1913
Current location:
Plot 8-12 Airport Road, Entebbe next to Ministry of
Works opposite Windsor Hotel.
from 1913 – to-date
TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS
Typesetting Technology:
Before independence 1900 – 1962
Typing was being done by joining metallic letters by hand.
Letter by letter to make a word,
word by word to make a line and
paragraph by paragraph to make a page until
a document was complete.
Pages were heavy blocks of assembled letters.
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Later, there came in mechanical typesetting where
typing was being done by Monotype and intertype
machines.
This resulted into fast typesetting. The monotype and
intertype machines were used to cast type from hot
metal composed of lead.
Government Printer After Independence 1962 – 1992
Computers started coming in but of low capacity input
and low speed.
Corporation
1993 – to date
High quality Mackintosh and Microsoft Computers.
PRINTING TECHNOLOGY
Before independence
1900 – 1962
Letter Press Printing
Print pages from composing; assembled on a stone and
locked up in a chase on a machine bed for printing.
The process here was too long and materials too heavy.
One page would weigh at least 2½ kgs.
Machines used during letter press printing processes
included:
Heidelberg
Nebiolo
Platen
Vicabold
GOVERNMENT PRINTER: AFTER INDEPENDENCE 1962 – 1992
Offset printing:
 Cameras
would photograph information from
typeset copy;
 make a negative film;
 transfer the image to a negative plate;
 plate to paper,
as opposed to letters during the letter press
times.
The process here was faster and with lighter
pages in form of plates.
Machines for Off-set Litho Printing:
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Heidelberg
Falcon
Multilith
Solna
Pacer – to print news papers
Corporation
1993 – to date
Offset Printing using Computer: Positives from computer to form
positive plates for printing.
This is more convenient and time saving.
Machines used during this period:
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Roland
MOZP
MO
GTO 46
GTO 52
Binding Technology
Before independence
1900 – 1962
All machinery during this time was being bought from
Britain.
Types of machines during this period:
3
Knife Trimmer – trimming books
Vangaurd cutting machine
Envelope making machine
Ruling machine – for counter books
GOVERNMENT PRINTER: AFTER INDEPENDENCE 1962 – 1992
Technology improved with the liberty to buy
machines all over the world. Government printer
could now buy machines from Germany and Italy
which were of better quality:
New machines were:
Guillotine cutting machine from Italy and
Germany
Vicars Stitching machine
Halley Numbering machine
Gang Stitcher
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Corporation
1993 – to date
The technology in section today is of high standard.
Machines do much of the work than people.
The machines include:
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Folding machine
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Perfect Mina Binder – puts covers on books without
necessarily using a stitch
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Pressing machine
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Perforating machine – for easy tearing e.g. receipt books
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Guillotine cutting machine.
PRODUCTS / SERVICES OVERTIME
Colonial daysand after Independence 1900 – 1993
The Government printer was dealing in the printing of all
Government information ranging from:
 Publications
 News papers (including vernacular)
 The Uganda Gazette
 Scholastic materials (educational books)
 Envelopes
(See samples on the stall)
During this time, the then Government printer was
responsible for the authorization of all Government
information to any Government department. This ensured
quality, security and there were no cases of forgery and
duplication.
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Corporation Period 1993 – to-date
With the liberalization of the economy,
competition became stiff and new players joined
the printing market.
The Corporation today prints the following:
Publications – Subsidiary legislation
The Uganda Gazette
Scholastic materials (educational books)
Private and company works
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Stationery for both Government and public
Envelopes
With new players; Government information is
being exposed to forgeries, counterfeits,
duplicates all of which compromise quality and
security of Government information.
The challenge to Government is how to ensure
quality and security of Government sensitive
Information.
UPPC COLLEGE OF PRINTING
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Started in 1993
To offer training to UPPC staff and external students
Supervisors as tutors trained from Britain
Training in:
 Print Costing,
 Print materials,
 Print products,
 Typesetting,
 Graphics design,
 Print finishing,
 Binding, etc.
The Corporation trained over 120 students most of
whom are prominent printers in town today.
ADMINISTRATION
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UPPC formerly the Government Printer.
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It started in the late 1800s as the Government
Printer under President’s office.
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Incorporated in 1992, UPPC is an Autonomous
body, under the Office of the President.
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Before independence, it was managed by Whites
occupying most of the top managerial and
Supervisory positions.
GOVERNMENT PRINTERS
After independence, the first African Government
printer took-over in 1970 and followed as below:
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Mr. Bbosa Emmanuel
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Sempala George William
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1st Government Printer
1970 – 1975
2nd
1975 – 1979
Lawrence Kasozi
3rd
1979 – 1988
Muwaya David
4th
1988 – 1992
TRANSFORMATION INTO A CORPORATION
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Government Printer became Uganda Printing and Publishing
Corporation in 1992 under the management of a Managing
Director supervised by a Board of Directors.
Brian Birtle
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1st Managing Director
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1992 – 1996
A white man who came in as an expert following a grant from UK.
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Peter Baker (white man)
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Bakaawa Elizabeth
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Levi Malinzi
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2nd
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1996 – 1998
3rd
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1998 – 2012
4th
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2012
UPPC TODAY
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Established by UPPC Act Cap.330, Laws of Uganda
Fully State owned Under the Office of the President
Legal mandate:
 To provide printing and publishing facilities to
Government;
 improve administration of Government business;
“AT UPPC, EXCELLENCE IS THE LAW,
QUALITY IS THE CREED”.
PUBLICATIONS & STATIONERY AVAILABLE
In fulfillment of our mandate, we print:
 Bills
 Acts of Parliament
 Statutory Instruments
 By-laws / Ordinances
 Legal Notices
 The Uganda Gazette.
 EAC Gazette
 EAC common Tarriff
 Government stationery
(check them out on the stall)
SECURITY PRINTING
UPPC is the Government Security Printer.
Security printing is our core business. UPPC
is mandated to print all Government
sensitive information for example:
 Land titles
 Certificates / transcripts
 General receipt books
 Medical forms
 Government stationery bearing Court of
Arms
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Policy Statements
 Ballot Papers
 Police Forms
 Defence Forms
 Prisons Forms
 Agriculture / Livestock Certificates
 Immigration forms
 Passports / Identity cards
 Government Invitation Cards
 Voters Cards
 Executive Business Cards
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COMMERCIAL PRINTING
The Corporation undertakes printing of:
 Textbooks, Magazines, Manuals, etc
 Answer booklets, examinations
 Customized Diaries and calenders
 Stationery for private companies and
individuals
 Customized printing jobs
 Brochures
 Stickers and Tickets for various events
 And all other types of printing works.
THE UGANDA GAZETTE
Is
the Government Legal
acceptable in the courts of law.
It publishes:
 Government Appointments
 Notices
 Declarations
 Transactions
 Contracts
 Electoral information
Newspaper
The Uganda Gazette
In addition, government agencies, departments,
private companies and individuals use the gazette to
legalize:
 Official transactions
 Records
 Change of Name
 Company Names
 Company Uniforms
 Land ownership
 Membership in Associations
 Etc
SUBSCRIBE OR BUY THE UGANDA GAZETTE
To subscribe:
 Annual fee (Local) 1copy
 Annual fee (Foreign)1copy
1,400,000=
USD1,400=
To Buy:
A copy at Ugx.5,000=
You can find a copy at our Entebbe Head quarters
or
Kampala office sell shop.
DON’T MISS THE UGANDA GAZETTE

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