Uganda has an estimated population of 40 million and one of the highest global population growth rates averaging 3.4% per annum in the last decade against a 1.2% global average. The fact is that this growth is expected to increase pressure on the roads network in Uganda by 2037.
While existing public transport services (Matatus and Buses) are well used, current forecasts shows if capacity is not improved, by 2037 there will be a complete breakdown in transport reliability along the corridor.
Résumé: L'Ouganda compte une population estimée à 40 millions d'habitants et l'un des taux de croissance démographique mondiaux les plus élevés, avec une moyenne de 3,4% par an au cours de la dernière décennie, contre une moyenne mondiale de 1,2%. Le fait est que cette croissance devrait accroître la pression sur le réseau routier en Ouganda.
What is being done currently?
The bid opening ceremony for Uganda’s first infrastructure Public Private Partnership project, the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is underway at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) headquarters in Kampala.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) communications official, Allan Ssempebwa said this will “kick start the process to identify the most experienced and capable developer for the other Kampala-Jinja expressway.”
The project is one of the five expressway projects identified in the vision 2040 and National development plan II as critical for the economic development of Uganda.
The authority (UNRA) intends to partner with private players to design, build, finance and operate and maintain the Kampala-Jinja Expressway. The 95km project which includes an 18km bypass to the south of Kampala city is expected to cost approximately $1billion.
Speaking to Journalists at the launch of the procurement process in May, State Minister for Works Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala said government seeks to partner with private investors, whom he said would recoup their money within a period of 30 years.
The Minister explained that government is looking at private investors “because of the need to complete the project as soon as possible, and also ensure operations and maintenance of the highest standards.”
Impact on other East Africa member states?
The expressway forms part of the northern trade corridor from Mombasa in Kenya through to Kigali in Rwanda.
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.