Uganda is increasing its investments in infrastructure as the country moves to repair and upgrade its road network.
The East African country’s government is confident that the move will not only spur development but create employment opportunities for thousands of people across the region.
The government this week confirmed that it has repaired a more than 200 kilometer stretch of tarmac known as the Kampala-Karuma Road, which had aged poorly.
Kampala-Karuma is a road in the Northern Region of Uganda, strategically connecting the towns of Karuma, Olwiyo, Pakwach, Nebbi, and Arua.
The State has also finished a stretch known as the Gulu-Nimule Road and is working on repairing Uganda’s Rwenkunyu-Masindi Port-Apac Road.
“Turning to development, Uganda is moving on well,” said Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni in a statement issued this week.
“When we restored peace, the government promised to work on a number of roads in the area and many have since been worked on,” he added.
Uganda has been relying heavily on private international investors to fund its ambitious development projects. The country has strong ties with China, a major lender in the region and equally powerful partner of several African governments.
According to a 2017 report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Uganda’s strong performance in the past, which is largely attributed to sound policy decisions and a reliance on the private sector as the main engine of growth, helped reduce the poverty rate by more than half. However, the report notes that the country’s economy has slowed since 2010.
Uganda’s government is now banking on infrastructure development to grow the country’s economy.
“The government is working to return Uganda to higher growth rates and move the country towards middle-income status. The development strategy is focused on addressing infrastructure bottlenecks by building hydropower plants, a modern road network, and railways,” the IMF said in its report.