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VIDEO: Water, Energy Sectors Receive Ugshs 300Bn Support from Germany

Germany has committed a Ugsh 300 billion grant to Uganda in a joint development program that will support areas of energy, water and rural development over the next two years. Delegations from both sides concluded two day negotiations with the signing of agreements on Wednesday.

The bilateral programs will both be implemented by GIZ and the German Development Bank (KfW) and are aimed at enabling Uganda achieve its national development goals. An additional 11 million Euros financial boost was given towards addressing the country’s refugee crisis.

An important outcome of the negotiations was the priority given to rural development to which 46 million Euros was committed.

While signing the agreements at Ministry of Finance, the leader of the Ugandan delegation and Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Patrick Ocailap said; “We have successfully concluded our bilateral negotiations in which a sum of 93.5 million Euros has been committed. We thank Germany for choosing to assist us with these funds.”

“Our commitment is that no money will go unutilized over this two year period and that serious attention will be given to accountability as well as timely implementation of the programs,” Ocailap added.

In the area of energy, a financial cooperation agreement on a sum of 75 million Euros in loans for two transmission lines was also signed. One from Mbale to Bulambuli and another from Mbarara to Masaka.

Dr. Ralf Mathias Mohs who led the German delegation in the negotiations affirmed that the negotiations were held in record. He added that the agreement confirmed the strong cooperation between the two countries in key areas.

“German recognizes that agriculture is the backbone of Uganda and the importance of creating better opportunities for young people in the rural areas.”

Mohs commended Uganda for its contribution towards the thousands of refugees currently hosted in the country.

The German Ambassador Peter Bloyemes emphasized the need for the government of Uganda to implement the recommendations on economic and political reforms especially made by observers after the February general elections.

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