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2 Agosto 2021

Uganda

UGANDA AND DRC BEGIN WORK ON “TREMENDOUS” ROAD BUILDING SCHEMES

The governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)have broken ground on the first of three roads that will connect their twocountries.The roads, which were approved by Uganda’s cabinet in October last year, areexpected to cost around $330m. Each government will contribute 20% of the cost,and the remainder will be raised by Dott Services, a Kampala-based infrastructuredeveloper and contractor, altogether, the roads will have a length of 223km.The leaders said in their communiqué that they expected the roads to make a“tremendous” change to trade relations between the two countries, andaccelerate their socio-economic development. The DRC is Uganda’s fourth largesttrading partner behind the UAE, South Sudan and Kenya. It may also improve thecontrol of the countries’ security forces in the area, parts of which are occupiedby armed groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces, which has been active inboth countries.The East African newspaper commented that the roads were expected to doubletrade volumes between the two countries. In 2018, Uganda’s exports to the DRCamounted to $532m, mainly made up of agricultural products. Its importsconsisted mainly of minerals and fuel. (ICE ADDIS ABEBA)


Fonte notizia: Global Construction Review