Road development requires approximately 800 million per year to achieve the target of 10,000KMs of paved way.
This was revealed by Mr. Basil Ajer, the acting Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority during the 6th CPA Economic Forum at Imperial resort Beach Hotel, in Entebbe.
He further revealed that it is through roads infrastructure development that trade in and out of the country will be realised and enhanced.
However, he noted that the limited financing is a big impediment to the country’s infrastructural development.
On his part, Engineer Daniel Lokong, the executive director of the Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors noted that, despite nation wide efforts to realise the much desired infrastructure development, there was still short comings in terms of both access and quality in many parts of the country.
He further questioned the country’s erratic policies that disenfranchise the local contractors in their bid to develop the required capacities. He pointed out the fact that many of the foreign contractors receive huge support from their home countries as compared to what the government of Uganda provides to the local contractors. He also said that the deliberate mistreatment of the local contractors by government agencies was killing their businesses.
Therefore, for Uganda to attain infrastructure development, government should embark on viable infrastructure development policies with sufficient flexibility to cater for future demands. Government policies should also be better coordinated across the various sectors to exploit synergies. He also urged government to allow the local contractors and the aspect of local content to be incorporated at the planning and design stages of infrastructure development projects in Uganda.
By: Jackie Nabirye
Assistant Relations Officer