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INDUSTRIALIZATION OF UGANDA: The NRM Government under the Leadership of President Museveni has promoted the Industrialization of Uganda hence creating jobs for the young people of Uganda. The Industry sector grew by 5.8% in FY 2018/19, a slight slowdown from 6.1% FY 2017/18 mainly due to marginal slowdown was experienced in construction activities as well as mining and quarrying.

Construction grew by 6.7% in FY 2018/19, slightly lower than growth of 6.9% registered the previous FY because of increase in both public and private investments.

Manufacturing performed well growing at 2.8% in FY 2018/19 compared to 1.7% in the previous FY because of newly commissioned factories, which increased industrial activity especially in food processing, production of cement, iron and steel.

Many  Industries were commissioned by H.E. The President  last year including among others; Good Will Ceramic Tiles,Ho And Mu Food Technology,Yahe International Investment, Orion Transformers And Electric Ltd, Kigezi Highland Tea Limited (Khtl), Alfasan Company Ltd,Steel And Tubes Industries Ltd,Interior Technologies Ltd,Luuka Plastics Limited, Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Company Ltd (Sukulu/Osukuru Industrial Complex),etc.

Two smelting plants for value addition to iron ore have been established by Tembo steels in Iganga and Dong Song in Tororo. The two plants will add value to 12000MT and 36000MT of iron ore per month respectively.

Nine factories were commissioned at Liao Shen Industrial Park in Kapeeka. The commissioned factories manufacture Concrete products, Agricultural products, Food Items, electrical appliances, shoes and fishnets.

Uganda's first mobile phone manufacturing and assembling plant, Engo Holdings Uganda Limited in Namanve, was also commissioned in November, 2019

Bukona agro-processors sugar factory and distillery at Lapem village, Koch Goma in Nwoya District was launched in March 2020. The factory has a Green fuel which produces energy stoves that use ethanol got from processed cassava.

Four factories have been set up, two are in full production namely;- (Bwendero in Hoima and Bushenyi sugar in Kyenjojo District  and, Atiak Sugar in Amuru and Victoria sugar Ltd in Luwero will commence by October,2020.

The total number of operational sugar factories has increased to 13.

In additional, Kinyara Sugar Ltd has expanded capacity by 50% and Hoima Sugar expanded capacity by 40%.

INDUSTRIAL REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

Revision of the National Industrial Policy (NIP). In consultation with stakeholders in the industry sector has revised and updated the National Industrial Policy in order to provide; framework for industrialization taking advantage of our strong natural resource base, and domestic and international markets, Reducing the cost of manufacturing,Stimulating production of sufficient industrial raw materials,Developing supportive infrastructure,Adaptation of technologies, and human resource development, among others.

The implementation of the NIP will  involve both the Public Sector and the Private Sector.Government will invest in strategic sectors of the economy through the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) & Supporting the Private Sector to undertake industrial establishments through provision of appropriate legal and regulatory regimes. Amendment of the Industrial Licensing Act. Prepared the draft Principles and submitted to First parliamentary counsel for review. The Sugar Act was completed and assented to by the President on 23rd April, 2020 .

Metrology Bills. Reviewed the Principles for the drafting of the Legal and Industrial and Scientific Metrology Bills submitted to Cabinet. National Accreditation Bill. The Bill is under review by the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee responsible for Industry.

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Achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda-The Implementation of the NRM Manifesto 2016-2020.

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Achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda-The Implementation of the NRM Manifesto 2016-2020.

Public Opinions has been tracking the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2016 in tandem with the mandate of the ministry and its obligations towards attainment of the NRM Manifesto 2016-2020. We bring you the achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The core mandate of the Ministry of foreign affairs is to pursue a policy of commercial and economic diplomacy to promote trade and investments. The Ministry is championing Uganda’s constructive contribution to regional and international Economic development, peace and security, particularly through the EAC, International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, IGAD, COMESA, African Union and the United Nations. This is within the broad framework of NRM’s Manifesto aimed at promoting Uganda’s interests abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to implement a foreign policy that promotes peaceful and friendly relations with all countries, especially with our neighbors, on the basis of respect for each other and mutual benefits. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the Manifesto commitments under Chapter Seventeen: “INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL CO-OPERATION”. 

The Obligation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards attainment of the NRM Manifesto include; 

  1. Fast-tracking implementation of national key infrastructure projects to enhance the country’s competitiveness while at the same time preparing to eventually fit into the EAC convergence criteria.

  2. The Northern Corridor Integration Projects are critical to Uganda as they will facilitate trade between the country and the region. NRM will, therefore, remain committed to the full implementation of these projects basing on earnings from some of the country’s resources such as oil and gas, as well as minerals.
  3. NRM will continue to pursue the engagement with other EAC member states to pursue and attain the realisation of an EAC political federation.

  4. The current peace and security prevailing in Uganda is only guaranteed by both the capabilities of the UPDF internally and externally and by the absence of terrorist threats in the region. The NRM will, therefore, continue to support UN and AMISOM pacification and peace keeping programmes in the region.
  5. Construct/rehabilitate all our missions abroad including purchase of properties to house identified strategic missions.
  6. In addition, there are guidelines given by H.E. the President on Commercial diplomacy, Regional infrastructure, increasing exports, opening of new embassies, acquisition, development and maintenance of properties abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made tremendous achievements since 2016 as indicated below;

  • The ministry has been liaising with Ministry of Works and Transport and that of Energy to advance the two projects on Standard Gauge Railway and Oil Pipeline. East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project was launched with the laying of foundation stones at Hoima and Mutukula .A commitment was secured from China on funding the Malaba – Kampala SGR Project.

  • The Ministry continues to coordinate the Implementation of the Northern Corridor integration projects which include infrastructure, energy generation and interconnection, and information communications technology. Once completed, they will facilitate increased trade and investment between Uganda and the region, reduce the transit time for our exports and imports. The projects will also reduce cost of doing business, boost industrialization and create job opportunities for our people. The Ministry as been involved in the Harmonization and utilization of cross border connectivity and establishment of regional standards,Harmonization of legal and regulatory framework for effective SIM card registration linked to National ID database,Partner States implementation of the One Network Area on roaming (voice) on 2nd January 2015 and on SMS on 1st July 2015. Work is in progress on introduction of harmonized roaming on Data and Mobile Financial Services,A cyber security Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June 2016 during the 10th Summit Meeting of Heads of State, in Kampala.

  • Promotion of Free Movement within east Africa Region: Heads of State approved the use of travel across the region using identity card as a travel document in January 2014. This has deepened regional integration and free movement of people in the three countries. On 8th June 2015 the Agreements on Total Liberalization of Free Movement of Labour and Free Movement of Services was signed.  A number of One Stop Border Posts along the Northern Corridor have been completed and are fully operational. These include Busia, Malaba, Mirama Hills and Mutukula.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the East Africa Tourist Visa was signed to enhance cooperation and promotion of tourism of the three Partner States as a single tourist destination through issuance of the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV). This would enable tourists to visit all the three Northern Corridor Partner State countries (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda) with a single visa.

  • Together with Ministry of East African Affairs and other stakeholders, the Ministry has actively participated in EAC meetings/summits. In the engagements to purse and attain the realization of an EAC political federation, the following protocols  have so far been signed  :-Customs Union,Common Market,Monetary Union. The Ministry continues to participate in the processes towards the East African Federation. Retired Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki and Prof. Murindwa Rutaanga represent Uganda on the EAC team to draft the Constitution for the political co federation. Uganda has been the first country to contribute to the budget of this activity.

  • The Ministry has been actively participating in bilateral meetings through Joint Permanent Commissions where peace and security issues are part of the areas of cooperation. Border reaffirmation and demarcation exercises were carried out on the Uganda –DRC border, Uganda – Tanzania and Uganda – Rwanda. The reaffirmation and demarcation process is still ongoing and will ease the tensions among the border communities especially along the marine borders which have been a hotbed of conflict resulting in deaths and loss of property.

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated the repatriation of former M23 rebels back to DRC in February 2019 who were being viewed a source of tensions to the Uganda – DRC relations.

  • At a multilateral level, the Ministry is engaged in the regional peace and security discourse under the following frameworks:AU where Uganda has been a member of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) until 2018. Uganda is the largest Troop Contributing Country to the African Union Mission in Somali (AMISOM), IGAD where Uganda actively participated and is a Guarantor of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R- ARCSS), ICGLR, where Uganda is a key player in the peace and security processes within the Great Lakes Region. Uganda continues to engage the ICGLR member states, specifically DRC to neutralize the negative forces in the region particularly Eastern DRC. The negative forces are becoming a threat to regional peace and security since it is gaining a regional dimension with ties to ISIS terrorist group.

  • Relatedly, Uganda continues to participate in and hosted the 9th Regional Oversight Mechanism (ROM) Summit under the Peace Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under Chairman of H.E. Yoweri Museveni. EAC where the Ministry participates in Joint Sectoral Council meetings on Foreign Policy Coordination, Defence and Interstate security. The sectoral council meetings have developed the Peace and Security mechanism for the EAC which guarantees the security of EAC member states. Similarly the member states are working on developing a Mutual Defence Pact.

  • Under EAC, Uganda has actively participated in the inter-Burundi dialogue where H.E President Museveni was the Mediator.  

  • Uganda Continue to host UNRSC in Entebbe which supports peace and security keeping missions of MONUSCO in DRC ,  in Burundi, South Sudan, Central African Republic of Congo and Somalia.  It is pre-deployment centre and also acts as a family centre for the UN staff when they get their official leave.

  • The Ministry acquired land in Guangzhou China and Dodoma (5 acres) for the construction of Chanceries/Official Residences. Construction works for chancery in Juba commenced in July 2019 and renovation of Chancery in Brussels started in May 2019.

  • With the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Uganda Liao Shen Industrial started its operations at Kapeeka, Nakaseke district. The Park offer more than 16,000 jobs to the Ugandan people indirectly and directly.

  • Liuyang National Economic Development Zone is developing Hunan-Uganda industrial park following the mission to Uganda from 10th-23rd August 2018.

  • Holley group from China has committed to co-invest in and expand Kapeka industrial park to 5 square miles.

  • Sukulu Industrial park in Tororo District was commissioned in 2018 by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

  • German Firm SUN farming GmbH agreed to Invest USD 50 Million in Food and Energy Projects in Uganda. The firm is to partner with the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development to carry out the project at the Institute;

  • Hainan Qinfu Co. Ltd obtained an investment license from UIA on 24th October 2018 to invest US $ 179million in freshwater aquaculture.

  • A Dubai based company, Al Rawabi Farms, was attracted to establish a $100m farm in Masaka.

  • Shanghai GreeChain Company signed an agreement on 15th December 2018 to strategically cooperate with HO& MU Co. Ltd.
     
  • An Egypt- Uganda food security company ltd was established on Bombo road.
  • An MOU has been signed between Ministry of Defense and Egypt on animal breeding in Uganda.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs participates in meetings as a member of the Project Development Committee, in the meetings to draft and inter-governmental agreement on the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. A meeting was held with the Project Sponsors on the business model in December 2018. The revised business model is still under review.A meeting on concluding issues identified for harmonization of the Host Government Agreements (HGAs) was held with the Government of Tanzania team from 21st-25th January, 2019 in Kampala. A High Level negotiation meeting was held with the Project Sponsors from 25th-29th March, 2019 in Kampala. A meeting with specialized institutions like Immigration, Lands, and Security took place from 9th-12th April, 2019.

  • With facilitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AN agreement has been signed with a consortium of two companies, one from USA and Italy to undertake construction of the refinery and a commitment fee of USD 17million has already been paid. On the pipeline, ground breaking took place in Tanga, Mutukula and Hoima.
  • Sourced US$ 24.1million from green climate Fund for building resilient communities, wetland eco systems in eastern Uganda.The Ministry also continues to follow on implementation of ratified Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
  • Tourism revenues have grown from $1.37bn in 2016 to $1.453bn in 2017 and is projected to reach $ 1.5 bn in 2018. The Ministry through its Missions Abroad continues to participate in the following major exhibitions to showcase tourism products: China International Tourism Industry Expo (CITIE) , Annual World Travel Market in London UK, ITB Berlin and Indaba-South Africa. Ten (10) Malaysian tour and travel Agents visited Uganda on a familiarization trip to promote Tourism and investment as well as build positive image of Uganda within ASEAN Feb 2019. A total of 17 travel agents, exhibition consultants and travel journalists were engaged and continue to build a strong relationship with the Embassy in Rome.A memorandum of understanding was signed in Development and Promotion of Tourism and Cultural Heritage between the Government of Uganda and the Russian Federation.

  • Hungary will finance an electronic information display system for outdoor advertising in an effort to promote Uganda’s tourism as well as conduct a national workshop in Uganda on exploiting the tourism potential of Hot Springs.
  • The Ministry successfully sourced for the construction of an International Convention Centre in Entebbe and a Mahatma Gandhi Convention /Heritage Centre in Jinja from the Government of India. The issuance of a land title by Ministry of Lands is ongoing.
  • In the past three years , the Ministry has secured over  832 Short and long term scholarships in various fields  for Ugandans from the following countries India Malaysia Japan South Korea Thailand Singapore, Iran, Egypt, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands and Algeria , China and Israel.
  • An agreement was signed with the Government of Hungary for the construction of; Vocational training centers in refugee camps of Kyenjojo district and Three (3) Vocational colleges in Kween, Kyankwanzi and Sironko district among others.

  • Limkokwing vocational university at Namataba – Mukono District has also been established.
  • A memorandum of understanding on labour export was negotiated with United Arab Emirates, 16 -17 February 2019.

  • A partnership Agreement aimed at improving Uganda’s youth to graduate with enhanced agricultural and entrepreneurial skills was signed between Uganda and VVOP (Flemish Association of Belgium for Development and Cooperation Assistance).

  • Grant aid from Japan was secured for the “Northern Uganda Medical Facilities Improvement Project" worth Japanese Yen 2.86 billion.
  • The missions abroad through their activities have contributed over Shs. 50bn to the consolidated fund for the period under review.
  • A Dubai based company, Aramex Courier, specializing in courier services was established in Uganda.
  • KPC Pharmaceuticals Inc from Yunnan Province in China is developing a business plan to produce syringes in cooperation with Joint Medical Stores. In addition, the Chinese company has opened offices in Kampala to set up a comprehensive diagnostic center.

  • M/s Global-Woods, a Germany based company, is being facilitated to export timber from Uganda as soon as the Ugandan Government lifts the ban.
  • A number of business delegations sourced by our Missions in China, UAE, Russia, Malaysia have visited Uganda to seek for investment opportunities that are available in the Country.
  • An Embassy was opened in Qatar in the FY 2018/19 to facilitate investments from Qatar in the areas of agriculture processing, energy, Oil and Gas and tourism.
  • A consulate was established in Mombasa in 2016 to facilitate trade and movement of Ugandan goods through the port of Mombasa.

  • For the period under review, the Ministry has cleared arrears to International Organizations by Shs. 40bn i.e AU- Shs. 15bn and IGAD – Shs. 25bn.
  • In the FY 2019/20, Shs. 50bn has been provided to clear all outstanding arrears to about 7 international organizations. We will continue to liaise with MFPED to provide adequate funds to cover annual subscriptions.

  • The Joint Permanent Commissions (JPCs) that Uganda has with countries on the continent have continued to be important mechanisms for deepening cooperation in various fields. Over the last period JPCs have been held with Egypt, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Kenya. The objective of these meetings has been to promote bilateral relations and enhancement of peace, security, stability and development. The meetings also helped to secure market access for Uganda’s products such as milk and milk products, poultry and poultry products, sugar, coffee, pharmaceuticals, and also eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade.  The Ministry has proactively involved the private sector with the view to identifying areas of specific interest to them. Through these engagements the Ministry has organized Joint Business Fora on the sidelines of all these JPCs - providing a platform for interaction by the Ugandan private sector and private sector of other countries.

  • It should be noted that Uganda’s exports to Kenya grew from $584 million in 2016/17 to $842million in 2017/18 vs imports from Kenya of $489million in 2016/17 to $468million in 2017/18.

  • Hungary Government is funding an International Development program for Uganda worth 16.3 million euros to be implemented in two years 2019 to 2020 to cover the following areas;Water Management,Security Printing,Cyber defense,Tourism and Agriculture

  • The Ministry gives priority attention to the Ugandan Diaspora, who remain partners in the country’s growth and development. We continue to pursue efforts to mobilize and empower them to make a greater contribution to the development of the country. Ugandan diaspora contributed $1.4 billion to the country’s economy in 2017.   Beyond their well-known role as senders of remittances the diaspora also promote trade and investment, create and spur entrepreneurship and transfer knowledge and skills.  

  • The Ministry is committed to enhancing support for the Diaspora by among other things continuing to provide consular services such as expediting issuance of travel documents and also linking them to national stakeholders, on matters of social economic development. We are also continue to assist the growing number of Ugandans abroad who find themselves in harm’s way such as human trafficking. In this regard, we are working with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and and also establishing bilateral frameworks with countries where people are affected.

  • A fund was     established by the Diaspora in the USA to fund the construction of fistula hospital in Soroti district which will provide treatment to the affected women and girls in the east and neighboring regions of Uganda.

  • The Uganda Adventist Church Congregation in UK started on the construction of a specialized Hospital in Bweyogerere. The whole church congregation has now adopted the project as a national project. This will go a long way in providing specialized health services to the local communities in the area and neighboring districts.

  • As part of its consular functions, the Ministry assisted 5,571 distressed Ugandans majority of them being run away maids trafficked to Middle East countries. The assistance also included negotiating for the release of 14 Ugandan boats, 13 engines, 3 fishing nets and 20 lighting batteries held by DRC. 251 documents were certified/authenticated. The Missions abroad issued 4,737 Visas, renewed 2,597 passports and processed 1,612 emergency travel documents.

Public Opinions will continue to track down and review the performance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and disseminate the achievements to the people of Uganda and the world at large. Public Opinions is a leader in Public Awareness and Information Dissemination.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been playing its part in facilitating the implementation of the NRM Manifesto commitments and directives and will continue to do so to ensure that they are implemented fully.

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Outline of some of the Achievements of the Government of Uganda in the Power Generation Sector.

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Outline of some of the Achievements of the Government of Uganda in the Power Generation Sector. 

Over the medium term, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development has aligned its priorities to the NDP II and in the NRM manifesto, 2016-2021 to Increase affordable Power Generation and expand Power Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure,Increase access to affordable modern energy services through rural electrification and renewable energy development, Promote and monitor petroleum exploration and development in order to increase the reserve base and achieve local production, Develop petroleum refining, pipeline transportation, bulk storage and transportation infrastructure, Streamline petroleum supply and distribution, Promote and regulate mineral exploration, development, production and value addition.

In line with the NRM Manifesto Commitments and H.E. The President’s Strategic Guidelines and Directives for the Term 2016 – 2021, the sector has prioritized the implementation of the following: -Lower the cost of electricity produced by Bujagali Station from US Ȼ11 to US Ȼ6., Expand the transmission and Distribution Network and Increase access to modern forms of energy, Expedite the granting of Oil Production licenses so that actual production starts, Rectify the weaknesses in the Minerals Department to develop the mining sector to provide the raw materials for industries, Expedite the fertilizer projects at Sukuru Hills and Mwitanzigye (Lake Albert), Equip the DGSM with a modern laboratory to test and, therefore, help to quantify the mineral presence in an area and determine its quality, Register all the artisan miners and the minerals they mine should be declared so that it is exported through formal channels.

Over the last four years, the Government of Uganda as registered great achievements in the energy sector as indicated below basing on verifiable facts and figures from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development.

Power Generation Projects at various stages of development: -

  • Karuma Hydro Power Project (600MW): Construction works have progressed to 92% and is expected to be commissioned soon.
  • Isimba Hydro Power Project (183 MW): The plant was successfully commissioned by H.E, the President of Uganda on the 21st March 2019.

  • The total Installed Electricity generation capacity of Uganda is  1,202 MW as of December 2019.
  • When Isimba and Karuma HPP are both commissioned and fully absorbed/utilized, it is expected that the weighted generation tariff will reduce from the current US Cents 6.47/kWh (Ush. 243.43) to US cents 5.34/kWh (Ush.200.93), representing a reduction of 17.45%.

  • Achwa/Agago HPP (42MW): The plant is being developed by an IPP and is undergoing final commissioning tests. 

  • Muzizi (44.7MW): Bid evaluation for Technical proposals for potential EPC contractors for the Muzizi HPP was completed and now waiting for a No Objection from the financier-KfW. The target is to sign the EPC contract by end of August 2019. Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) implementation is being handled. Construction is planned to last 36 months and thereafter, it will be commissioned.

  • Nyagak III (5.5MW): GOU provided bridge financing to the Nyagak III HPP and construction resumed in April, 2019 and will last for a period of 36months, and thereafter, it will be commissioned.

  • Kiba Hydropower Project (330 MW): This power project is being developed as an Independent Power Producer (IPP) on a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) arrangement. Feasibility studies were completed in June 2019.

  • Oriang Hydropower Project (392MW): Engaging a new developer where the previous one has failed to proceed.

  • Ayago Hydropower Project (840MW): The feasibility study for this project was accomplished by M/s China Gezhouba Group of Companies. Engaging a new developer having failed to agree on the tariff with Gezhouba.

  • Uhuru Hydropower Project (300MW): Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with M/S Bonanga Energy Ltd. from the Republic of South Africa to undertake detailed feasibility studies. The company is processing a permit from ERA to carry out a detailed feasibility study.

  • GET FIT Portfolio (156.5MW): 8 Renewable energy projects under the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff (GET FiT) with a total capacity of 87.14 MW have been commissioned under the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariff Portfolio. The projects are: Siti I 6.1 MW, Waki 4.8 MW, Muvumbe 6.5 MW, Nyamwamba 9.2 MW, Rwimi 5.54 MW, Lubilia 5.4 MW, Soroti Solar 10MW, Tororo solar 10 MW, Nkusi 9.6 MW and Kakira Biomass Cogeneration 20MW).
  • All the remaining GET FiT projects to a tune of 75.8MW are under development with planned commissioning in the FY2019/2020.The projects are:Waki SHPP (4.8MW), Siti II SHPP (16.5MW), Kyambura SHPP (7.6MW), Sindila SHPP (5MW), Ndugutu SHPP (5.9MW), Nyamagasani I SHPP (15MW), Nyamagasani II SHPP (5MW) and Kikagati SHPP (16MW).
  • Geothermal Energy Resources Development: Exploration for geothermal energy has been carried out in the main geothermal areas.Three areas in Kibiro, Panyimur and Buranga have reached advanced stages of surface exploration. Drilling of Temperature Gradient Wells (TGW) is to start at Kibiro and Panyimur in 2019.The results of the TGW will be a basis for a feasibility study that will involve drilling of deep exploration wells and installation of a pilot power plant for electricity production and direct use in industry and agriculture.
  • To attract private sector participation in geothermal development, Government is developing the geothermal policy and legislation.The policy will provide the basis for capacity building both in human resource and equipment, and selection of the best business and financial models of each prospect and proceed with the development of the geothermal resources of Uganda.

  • Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has put in place means of tariff reduction starting with the tariff for manufacturers to make our local goods competitive in the regional and globe market.This is being done in a phased approach starting with Extra Large, Large, medium, commercial through to domestic and street lighting customer categories.The target of 5 US Cents has been achieved during off-peak hours for extra large consumers. This was possible following the conclusion of refinancing Bujagali (tariff reduced from 10.1 US Cents to 8.3 US Cents.

    • Government aims at gradually lowering the tariff for individual residential and social service centres such as schools, and Hospitals
    • Least cost power generation (Large Hydro projects)
    • Increase the load factor of the power plants hence reducing the tariff by putting in place measures to grow the energy demand but at the same time ensuring electrification of industrial parks,implementation of the Free Connection Policy to get more households, businesses and industries consuming electricity, Power export to the Region under the Eastern African Power Pool and to Eastern DRC.
  • Government commissioned electricity transmission projects totaling to 630km. This brings the total length of High Voltage grid coverage to 2258km. The Transmisson Lines include;

    • 132kV Mbarara - Nkenda 160km Transmission Line and associated substations project completed and energized on 19th February, 2019.

    • 220kV Kawanda-Masaka transmission line and associated substations, 137km, (Masaka, Kawanda and Mbarara) project completed and energized on 19th December, 2018

    • 220kV MbararaMirama 65km power transmission line and associated substations project completed and energized on 7th December, 2018.

    • 220kV Nkenda-Fort Portal- Hoima, 226km, power transmission line and associated substations (Nkenda extension, new Hoima and Fort Portal extension). Commissioned on 14th August, 2018.

    • Upgrade of Queensway 132/33kV substation was completed. The station was energized on 31 May, 2017 and officially commissioned on 17th August 2018

    • 132kV IsimbaBujagali 42km transmission line was successfully energized on 26th November 2018 and commissioned on 21st March 2019.

    • Karuma Interconnection Projects (Karuma-Kawanda 400kV 254km, Karuma-Lira 132kV 75km, and Karuma-Olwiyo 400kV 60km lines and associated substations).Construction on going and is at 70% completion.

    • Industrial Parks and associated substations (Namanve South-Namanve 132kV transmission line 10km; Namanve-Luzira 132kV transmission line 31km; Nalubaale-Namanve 132kV transmission line, Mukono T-off 5km; Nalubaale-Tororo 132kV line; Tembo Steels Ltd T-off 12km.

    • Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos 220kV: 75% complete; Expected to be completed by December 2019.
    • 132kV Mutundwe-Entebbe Transmission Line, 35km.

    • 132kV Opuyo-Moroto Transmission Line, 168km and associated substations.
    • Kawanda-Kapeeka, 132kV project. Construction ongoing with commissioning expected in June 2019.

    • 132kV Lira-Gulu-Nebbi -Arua transmission Line, 293km and associated substations.

    • Procurement of contractors is ongoing for the following lines:–132kV Mirama-Kabale transmission line, 80km;400kV Masaka-Mbarara Transmission Line, 135km; andGulu – Agago – Agago HPP 132kV Overhead Transmission Line and associated 132/33kV Substations Project. 

    • Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Studies are on-going for the 132 kV Mbale-Bulambuli T Line.Completion of the projects above will make additional 1,300km of transmission line bringing the total power grid coverage to over 3,550km of High Voltage (HV) power lines from the current 2,258km. The primary substations will increase from the current 25 to 42.

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development is committed to Fast tracking RAP implementation and completion of transmission projects, Completion of Isimba Bridge, conduct Airborne geophysical survey of Karamoja starting in quarter 1 2019/2020, Opening of new Oil and Gas Exploration Acreages in an effort to increase resource base, Construction of infrastructure for oil production and transportation.

In the remaining few month to February 2021, President Museven is committed  to ensure that Electricity has been extended to nearly all district headquarters and the remaining two districts of Uganda and to ensure an hollistic approach connecting electricity to to all sub-county headquarters in the country.

 

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Covid 19-UN and partners launch $6.7 billion appeal for vulnerable countries

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The updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on Thursday, provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, such as older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls.

Speaking ahead of the launch event, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock warned of a significant rise in conflict, hunger and poverty, as well as looming famine, unless action is taken now.

“If we do not support the poorest people – especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups - as they battle the pandemic and impacts of the global recession, we will all be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would prove even more painful, and much more expensive, for everyone”, he said.

Averting a hunger pandemic

COVID-19 has now reached practically every country on the planet, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting more than 3.6 million cases and over 251,000 deaths as of Thursday.

However, humanitarians believe the peak of the disease in the world’s poorest countries is expected to hit within the next three to six months.

The impact is already being felt, with incomes plummeting and jobs wiped out. Meanwhile, food supplies are falling as prices soar, and millions of children are missing out on routine vaccinations and school meals.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is among the UN agencies and partners responding to the immense needs, reaching nearly 100 million people on any given day.

“You can imagine what happens if the economic deterioration continues and if the supply chain breaks down. It will be catastrophic,” said David Beasley, the WFP Executive Director.

A plan for swift, determined action

The $6.7 billion Global Humanitarian Response Plan calls for swift and determined action to stave off the most debilitating effects of the pandemic in 63 low and middle-income countries.

While most of these nations have low COVID-19 caseloads, their surveillance, laboratory testing and health systems are weak, according to WHO.

Speaking during the launch, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the UN agency’s Health Emergencies Programme, underscored the need to maintain vaccination and other essential health services during the crisis.

“Tackling the pandemic while continuing to provide lifesaving and essential health services in places where infrastructure is at best limited and often destroyed, health systems are already at breaking point, and where health care workers and communities may be facing conflict and other emergencies - this is an extremely challenging task,” he said.

‘We are all at risk’

The updated plan builds on an earlier appeal made by the UN Secretary-General in late March which called for $2 billion.

António Guterres urged donors to step up support to stop the new coronavirus from circling back around the globe. “Humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative; it is a practical necessity to combat the virus”, he said in a video message.

“If COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the poorest places, we are all at risk”.

Extraordinary measures needed

The initial plan has netted $1 billion which has been used to install handwashing facilities in refugee camps and other vulnerable places, and to provide countries with medical supplies such as gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators and testing kits.

New transport hubs for delivering supplies by air have also been established, while nearly two million people worldwide, including health workers, have been trained in virus identification via an online portal run by WHO.

As UN relief chief Lowcock stated, responding to the crisis cannot be ‘business as usual’.

He told the launch event that “extraordinary measures are needed, reflecting the extraordinary problem we face.”