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Japan Press Release  
4 July 2013                 
 

 

Japan Supports the Recovery of Northern Uganda and Rural Electrification through the Grant of USD 21.77 million

 

 

H.E. Kazuo Minagawa, Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, and Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, have today signed Exchange of Notes of two grant projects totaling JPY 2.177 billion (approximately US$21.77 million) : “the Project for Provision of Improved Water Source for Resettled Internally Displaced Persons in Acholi Sub-Region” and “the Project for Rural Electrification Phase III.” Upon exchanging the Notes, Grant Agreements of the above projects have also been signed by Mr. Hirofumi Hoshi, Chief Representative of JICA Uganda, and Hon. Maria Kiwanuka.

 

The first project aims at facilitating the return and resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) through improved water provision in Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Agago district: drilling approximately 110 boreholes and establishing six piped water systems. Over 30,000 IDPs are expected to benefit from the project. The seven districts are located in Acholi Sub-region in Northern Uganda. This region was heavily afflicted by LRA insurgencies over the 20 years with over 2 million IDPs created, social infrastructure destroyed, and service delivery disrupted. Though the resettlement of the IDPs started in 2006, basic social infrastructure facilities remain yet to be rehabilitated and developed. Many people living in these districts still suffer from the lack of basic social infrastructure facilities, which hinders IDPs from sustainable return and resettlement.

 

The second project aims at extending the distribution system for reliable and stable supply of electricity to the rural communities in Mayuge, Iganga, Bugiri, Busia and Namiyango district. This follows its two prior phases of the Rural Electrification Phase I (Mukono, Jinja, Nakasongola and Hoima districts) and Phase II (Hoima, Kibaale, Masaka, Iganda and Bugiri districts). It is expected that 38,400 local people will benefit from the project through increased electrification rate in the region as Uganda suffers from serious electricity shortage with its rural electrification rate being as low as 7%.

 

These projects are meant to realize the commitments made by Japanese Government through TICAD (Tokyo International Conference for African Development) process. TICAD V was held in June this year at Yokohama to renew its commitments towards African development through mutual partnership.

 

Project Outline (Provision of Improved Water Source in Acholi)


Main counterpart ministry

Ministry of Water and Environment

Grant amount

JPY 973,000,000
(Approximately USD 9,730,000)

Name of the Project

The Project for Provision of Improved Water Source for Resettled Internally Displaced Persons in Acholi Sub-Region

Location of the Project

Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Agago districts

Facilities/equipment provided through the Project

  • Approx. 110 boreholes in the targeted districts
  • 6 piped water systems

Date of Signing the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement

4 July 2013

 

Project Outline (Rural Elctrification)


Main counterpart ministry

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

Grant amount

JPY 1,204,000,000
(Approximately USD 12,040,000)

Name of the Project

The Project for Rural Electrification Phase III

Location of the Project

Mayuge, Iganga, Bugiri, Busia, Namiyango districts

Facilities/equipment provided through the Project

  • Approx. 130km electricity distribution line (33kV)
  • 50 electric transformers

Date of Signing the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement

4 July 2013