Government steps up to improve infrastructure in the country to stimulate growth

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 09:30

Government continues to prioritize infrastructure development as an enabler of Uganda’s industrialization agenda through the provision of productive infrastructure for job and wealth creation. This is also important in the realization of the Parish Development Model which was launched in February 2022. 

Uganda’s infrastructure development is partly concentrated around the new Growth Triangle that seeks to map and develop productive areas along the growth corridors. Taking advantage of the growth corridors is expected to spur equitable regional economic development among other development aspirations as well as influence the provision of better community-based transport services, rural access to energy sources, and basic urbanization incentives.

As such, investment in the energy sector resulted in an increase in access to grid electricity from 22% in FY 2016/17 to 24% in FY 2019/20. This has been possible on account of the commissioning of several Hydro Power Plants which increased the country’s generation capacity from 867 MW in 2014 to 1,346 MW in 2021. Similarly, the stock of paved road network increased from 3,981 km in FY 2014/15 to 5,591 km in 2021. In addition, the share of motorable road network in fair to good condition averaged 80% for both paved and unpaved roads.