26 March 2010
The Government of Japan Finances approx. 88 million USD for Regional Infrastructure Development Projects
The Government of Japan will finance the total of JPY 8.801 billion (approximately USD 88 million) in a Yen Loan for the upgrading of road in Northern Uganda and the interconnection of power grids within Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
1. The Upgrading of Atiak-Nimule Road Project
The Government of Japan and the World Bank will co-finance the upgrading of Gulu – Atiak – Nimule Road Project (total of 104km). Being the most frequently used route between Kampala and Juba, the road forms an important artery to Sudan. The project will contribute significantly to achieve the economic prosperity in Northern Uganda as well as to accelerate trade among Uganda, Sudan and Kenya.
2. Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries Project
The project will be co-financed by the Government of Japan and the African Development Bank. It includes the construction and upgrading of 220kv lines and transformer stations between Uganda – Kenya and Uganda – Rwanda (total of 428km). The project will help to meet the energy needs of Uganda to achieve economic and social development by providing adequate transmission capacity and increasing cross-border electric power trade.
At the occasion of TICAD IV (Tokyo International Conference for African Development) held in May 2008 in Yokohama, Japan, the importance of the infrastructure development was highlighted as a critical factor to boost economic growth in Africa. Those projects mentioned above are to realize the commitments Japanese Government made at TICAD IV.
In addition to those cooperation, in February this year, the Government of Japan has decided to provide total of USD 5 million grant assistance for Uganda through UN agencies (WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR). The grant will be utilized for 1) reducing malnutrition among children in the Karamoja and Acholi sub-regions through management of acute malnutrition; 2) strengthening livelihoods by building productive and lasting assets for communities and individuals in Karamoja; and 3) humanitarian assistance and protection for refugees in Uganda.
For more information, please contact:
Economic Cooperation Section
Embassy of Japan, P.O.Box 23553 Kampala
Tel: 0414-349542/3/4 or 0312-261564/5/6