UNRA Meets with A delegation from DRC Over The 200KM Road Plan
Uganda National Roads Authority has met with a delegation from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this morning.
The meeting comes amid accelerated plans by Uganda to fund the construction of over 200 Km of the road inside the DRC.
The team has been led by Herman Mutima Sakrini, Chief Executive Officer, The National Roads Agency aiming at benchmarking with UNRA “to familiarize with the global road network management best practice that UNRA has deployed in Uganda.
In September 2020, the Ugandan Government, through UNRA, initiated the project as part of plans to boost trade between the countries.
Uganda will contribute about 20% of the project value while the rest will be met by Congo’s government in an envisaged public-private partnership.
The meeting also comes just a day after it was reported that a delegation from the UPDF travelled to the Congolese town of Beni to “establish a coordination centre for the two armies.”
It was reported that the Ugandan and Congo armies are setting up an operations centre in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a joint offensive against Islamist rebels who have killed hundreds of people in the last year, Congo’s government said.
Speaking today at the benchmarking event, Allen Kagina, UNRA Executive Director, told the Congolese team that the Authority was the “lifeline of the Ugandan economy, and we are proud of the significant growth across all the sectors that we have enabled through the superior road network across the nation.”
“As Uganda’s economy has consistently grown, the demand for superior and industry-grade roads has equally grown. Our staff, the processes and systems we develop have had to keep up the pace with the needs, an achievement we are proud of,” she said.
“We are confident that no matter the growth aspirations of the sectors of the economy, we shall ensure their growth through great roads and great user experience.”
DRC is Uganda’s second-biggest regional trade partner after Kenya.
It is envisioned that fixing DRC roads will improve mobility, security & boost Uganda’s a trade and investment.
In 2018, Uganda exported $221M worth of goods to DRC informal trade, while informal trade stood at $312M making the total exports worth $533M.
This, therefore, represents significant trade potential for Uganda.