Uganda Airlines has made an emotional return to the skies amid optimism and promising circumstances both locally and in the region. After a couple of postponements, the national carrier lifted off the ground to deliver its first passengers to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on August 28. Within a week it has landed in Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)- and soon to other regional destinations, just in time for the recently launched African Union Open Skies Policy.
By Benjamin Mukose
In a bid to improve efficiency, transparency and investment in the minerals sector in Uganda, the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development is in the final stages of developing an online mineral licensing system. The Infrastructure Magazine understands that the system developed by Trimble, an American company with a global footprint, will be launched in August.
The new cable stayed bridge built at the source of the Nile in Jinja is finally complete and launched, amidst excitement among Ugandans. Launching the dam President Museveni underscored the fact that road transport carries about 90 per cent of Uganda’s goods and passenger traffic. "With the new improved bridge, with dual carriage way, it would significantly improve road safety in the country. ” he said.
Plans are in advanced stages to build and set up a logistics hub in Gulu town to service trade and business in northern Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Trademark East Africa (TMEA) a donor-funded facility to promote trade among East African states said recently that they had secured US$8.6 million from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union, for the purpose.
Low cost airline, Jambojet has started flights to Entebbe. The airline started operating two flights daily between Entebbe and Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in February. It departs for Entebbe from Jomo Kenyatta at 09:10am and 17:30pm respectively. They also have two flights from Entebbe International airport for Nairobi at 11.00am and 19:20pm daily.