The European Union has signed a financing agreement with the government of Uganda which will see the repair and re-opening of the old Tororo-Gulu metre gauge railway (MGR) line in the next four years. Once complete, the works will add some 400 km of the functional railway line to the national network. It will be managed by the renascent Uganda Railways Corporation.
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.
By Daniel Otto
Experts say logistics in the oil and gas industry is one of the most complex exercises yet, compared to other business, and for a country like Uganda that is just entering the oil industry, the challenges are expected to be even tougher.
Over the past few months, there has been an impassioned public discussion around the revival of the Uganda Airlines. The avid debates have centred on: Whether Uganda should revive the airline in the very first place; whether the country has the capacity to run an airline or not; and whether with the ostensibly high levels of corruption in the country, the airline will survive or will just sink tax players’ money into some dark abyss.
If all goes according to plan, Uganda will soon beat infrastructure odds to deliver high speed 4G LTE internet to far-flung areas in the country using the ground-breaking internet connectivity technology. This is being planned under the Loon Project, an initiative of Alphabet Inc., the mother company that owns the search engine Google.
President Yoweri Museveni has launched the fourth cement producer in Uganda with an immediate production capacity of 750 tonnes, but with a promise to double that to 1.5 million tonnes per annum in 2019.
ARTHUR MUKEMBO, a real estate expert, is the regional director, RE/MAX Uganda. He is also a board member of the Association of Real Estate Agents of Uganda (AREA-U). The Infrastructure Magazine’s Martin Ariko sounded him out on various issues regarding the country’s budding real estate sector.
By Benjamin Mukose
What started as a pipe dream some years ago is slowly coming to reality. The idea of reviving Uganda Airlines has over the last few months picked pace and gained momentum with all the key requirements seemingly falling in place. Monica Ntege Azuba, the Works & Transport minister, has said the revived airline is expected to make its first flight by December this year.
By Roger Kyazze
While Ugandans continue to choke on high prices of cement, their Kenyan and Tanzanian counter-parts are enjoying relatively cheaper and more stable prices. The market instability in the Ugandan market recently led to panic buying, hoarding and creation of an artificial cement crisis resulting into the recent skyrocketing of prices.
By Jackie Asasira & Daniel Otto
Housing is like clothing fashion. The designs of houses, styles, ownership type, finishing tastes and even building materials are dynamic and reflective of the society’s psyche. It portrays the society’s current socio-economic and political state of mind. From housing patterns, you can tell generational differences, state of security of a country, economic prosperity and to some extent the political thinking of a people.