Uganda DRC Launch infrastructure development project on three roads

Uganda DRC Launch infrastructure development project on three roads

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch three roads construction under the infrastructure project that will see 223km of roads built to boost trade and strengthen relations between the two countries.

One of the road to be constructed will run from Kasindi to Beni (80km), another will intergrate tthe Beni-Butebo axis (54km) and the third will stretch for 89km from Bunagana border town, through Rutshuru to the strategic city of Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province in DR Congo.

Uganda will contribute about 20% of the project value, while the rest will be met by DR Congo’s government in an envisaged public-private partnership.

In October 2020, Parlianment approved sh220b for the construction of the three roads, which Katumba said will, among others, better transport and improve relations between the two countries.

He noted that the Government earns about $532M (1.9 trillion) from trade transactions with DR Congo annually and this is likelyto double if the road project is completed.

DR Congo is Uganda’s second biggest regional trade partner after Kenya.