April 27, 2018
On April 26, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda in Kampala, the capital city, to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 4.918 billion yen for the Construction of a New Bridge Across River Nile at Jinja Project. This brings the total amount of Japanese ODA support for this project to 14.116 billion yen.
The project will construct a new bridge with access roads in Jinja District, approximately 80 kilometers east of Kampala, across the Nile River which flows through the Northern Corridor from the Port of Mombasa in Kenya to Kampala. The objectives of the project are to strengthen and secure the transportation capacity of the Northern Corridor in Uganda and to ensure traffic safety. The loan funds will be allocated to the construction of the bridge and access roads, and to consulting services.
An inland country located in Eastern Africa, Uganda imports and exports goods primarily through the Port of Mombasa in Kenya, and the Northern Corridor is a vital roadway for goods distribution in Uganda. The bridge (Nalubaale Bridge) currently used for crossing the Nile River in Jinja District was built in 1954, but 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 priority for ensuring the smooth and safe flow of that traffic.
By 2020, two years after the project completion, the average number of passengers is expected to increase by 33,000 per day and the average cargo weight by 50,000 tons per day compared to 2008, and this project should greatly contribute to improved transportation capacity.
JICA is also carrying out the Kampala Flyover Construction and Road Upgrading Project (loan agreement signed in September 2015 for up to 19.989 billion yen), with the objective of alleviating traffic congestion in the core of Kampala, and has completed the Upgrading of Atiak-Nimule Road Project (loan agreement signed in March 2010 for up to 3.395 billion yen and co-financed with the World Bank) for supporting trunk road infrastructure. JICA has a policy to provide effective support toward sustainable economic growth in Uganda.
1. Terms and Amount of Loan
|Annual interest rate (%)||Repayment
|Construction of a New Bridge Across River Nile at Jinja Project||4,918*||0.01||0.01||40||10||General, untied|
* A loan agreement was signed in fiscal 2010 for up to 9,198 million yen.
2. Executing Agency
Uganda National Roads Authority
Address: Plot 3-5 New Port Bell Road, UAP Business Park, P.O. Box 28487 Kampala, Uganda
3. Planned Implementation Schedule
(1) Completion of project: October 2018 – when the facilities are put into service
(2) Issuing of letters of invitation for consulting services:
Consultants have already been hired
(3) Tender announcement of initial procurement package for international competitive bidding on project construction: