AfDB Approves $252.83 Million for Key Road Projects in West Nile and Kigezi
KAMPALA,(UG) –The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced yesterday that it has approved a total of $252.83 million (Shs961 billion) for developing a better road network in West Nile and Kigezi sub-regions.
The loan will go towards the construction of Laropi-Moyo-Afoji Road in West Nile and Katuna-Muko-Kamuganguzi Road in Kigezi.Augustine Ngafuan, the AfDB country manager in Uganda, said the road project is intended to improve rural transport connectivity and facilitate regional integration in the districts of Kabale, Rubanda and Moyo, adding that the same will facilitate trade while opening up an alternative transport corridor linking Uganda with South Sudan.
In addition to the two main roads, the project will also facilitate street lighting to improve the business environment for traders, and regional bus terminus in Moyo, and as well provide for the construction of market stalls, complete with cold storage facilities, in Kashasha (Katuna of Kabale district), Moyo and Laropi.
These stalls are intended to support women traders who currently operate on the roadsides, in order to improve earnings from perishable products such as fish and vegetables.
As of November 2023, the African Development Bank Group’s active portfolio in Uganda comprised 23 projects with a total commitment of $1.957 billion (Shs7.4 trillion).