One would wonder what really transpired during the event through to the end of it all.
The Joint Transport Sector Review Workshop is an annual event where the transport sector analyses and evaluates its performance for the previous Financial Year, point out the challenges that affected performance, highlight areas that require performance improvement and then set/agree on targets for the next review period.
This year it was the “13th Joint Transport Sector Review Workshop” and the theme was “Development of an efficient, integrated and sustainable Transport System; the Role of Public Private Partnerships”
This theme was selected with the aim of encouraging the private sector to actively participate in the development of transport infrastructure and services across the country.
The workshop was attended by Distinguished Delegates who included among others the Hon Members of Parliament, His Excellency, the Ambassador, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Representatives of Development Partners, The Permanent Secretaries, Senior Government Officials, Representatives of the Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations, Senior Officers and Staff of the Sector Institutions.
In opening remarks, the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege presented highlights of the developments undertaken by Government in the FY (Financial Year) 2016/2017 as follows;
- The completion of the procurement of 1151 pieces of road equipment. Delivery of the equipment commenced on 18th April 2017. The Equipment received so far has been distributed to designated districts and agencies with trained operators.
- Rehabilitation and expansion of the Entebbe International Airport to accommodate the increased passenger traffic and freight cargo.
- Construction of an international Airport at Kabaale in Hoima to support the Oil and Gas extraction.
- Government is also developing the new Kampala Inland port at Bukasa.
- The Maritime Administration Department was approved by Cabinet and it has been operationalized.
- Under the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project, Government managed to secure 100km of right of way along the Malaba-Kampala route ready for construction.
- Harmonization of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) - Uganda with Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) - Kenya and other infrastructure projects such as the Kampala-Jinja Highway, Kampala Flyover was completed.
Through to the end, The Hon. Minister on behalf of the Transport sector thanked the Government of Uganda and the Development Partners for the continued support to the transport sector, she also thanked all participants for honoring their invitations to participate in the 13th Joint Transport Sector Review Workshop.
I hope it is a must we as African Mobility Observatory – (AMO) team to follow up and attend “The 2018 Joint Transport Sector Review Workshop”
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