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Japan Gives Uganda $20m to Upgrade Gulu Municipal Roads

Finance Minister Maria Kasaija (R) signing the agreement for the Gulu
municipal road project witnessed by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda
H.E Kazuaki Kameda (L) on Tuesday

Government of Uganda has received a grant worth USD 20 million from Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve Gulu Municipal Council roads in northern Uganda.

The grant will see a total of 6.373 kilometers of roads within Gulu municipality paved including the management of utilities along the streets.

While speaking Tuesday at a ceremony where the agreement was signed, viagra http://dcdal.org/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/page/ajax.module.php the Minister of Finance, http://conceive.ca/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache.php Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija said the project will contribute to safe traffic flow and improve the environment in Gulu.

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“Gulu municipality’s location gives it a unique opportunity as the business hub for northern Uganda and a strategic connection in regional trade with South Sudan,” the Minister said.

Kasaija gave assurance to the government of Japan that Uganda will fulfill its obligations under the agreement.

“We shall ensure that the grant is properly and exclusively utilized for the project and furnish the government of Japan with information and data concerning the progress of project implementation.”

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E Kazuaki Kameda revealed that the construction works will begin in May 2017 and end in March 2019.

“We shall provide technical assistance during maintenance to ensure project sustainability. Japan pledges continued partnership with Uganda so as to realize the development agenda,” Kameda noted.

He also revealed that during the recent TICAD summit held in Kenya, President Yoweri Museveni and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a bilateral meeting in which they agreed to streamline infrastructural development for economic growth.

Yasumichi Araki the Senior Representative of JICA in Uganda said; “Gulu town has become a business hub and a link to the northern corridor. This project will make the town more active and also contribute to the peace process in South Sudan especially through trade of food items.”

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