November 1, 2010
1. On November 1, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda in Kampala for up to 9.198 billion yen for the Construction of a New Bridge Across River Nile at Jinja Project.
2. Under the Construction of a New Bridge Across River Nile at Jinja Project, a new bridge along with access roads will be built across the Nile River in Jinja District about 80 kilometers east of Kampala. The Nile there flows through the Northern Corridor, which extends from the Port of Mombasa in the Republic of Kenya to Kampala. The objectives of the project are to strengthen the transportation capacity in the Northern Corridor in Uganda and to ensure traffic safety. The funds for this project will be allocated to the construction of the bridge and its access roads.
3. Situated inland in East Africa, Uganda conducts importing and exporting primarily through Kenya's Port of Mombasa, and the Northern Corridor is extremely vital to Uganda's logistics, as it extends from Kampala to the Port of Mombasa. The existing Nalubaale Bridge (located in Jinja District) is used for crossing the Nile River where it flows through the Northern Corridor, however, built in 1954, its deteriorated condition, the narrowness of the lanes, and other factors hinder the smooth, safe flow of traffic. The volume of traffic between the Port of Mombasa and Kampala is predicted to increase in the future, and the construction of a new bridge is a pressing task to ensure the smooth and safe flow of that traffic.
4. Furthermore, the construction of the bridge will establish a transport route from the Port of Mombasa and the Port of Dar es Salaam in the United Republic of Tanzania to the Southern Sudan region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Burundi and the Republic of Rwanda. This project is expected to encourage economic activities in surrounding countries, in addition to promoting regional integration.
5. In its National Development Plan formulated in April 2010, the Ugandan Government cited "improving both the quantity and quality of economic infrastructures" as one course of action that could help raise the country out of its classification as a Low-Income Country within 30 years. Moreover, among economic infrastructures, transportation infrastructure is ranked as a crucial foundation not only for economic development, but for social development as well. JICA has provided support in the past for the road sector in Uganda with the Upgrading of Atiak-Nimule Road Project (approved amount: 3.395 billion yen, Japanese ODA loan signing date: March 26, 2010), and has a policy of providing effective support toward sustained economic growth in that country.
|Project title||Amount (million yen)||Annual interest rate (%)||Repayment Period
|Construction of a New Bridge Across River Nile at Jinja Project||9,198||0.01||0.01||40||10||Untied|
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