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UGANDA'S MINISTER OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT ON A BENCHMARKING VISIT TO GERMANY

Tuesday, 15th August 2017
Mr. Helmut P. Gauff, Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege and Mr. Thomas Silberhorn
The Minister of Works and Transport Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege, on 9 August 2017 made a benchmarking visit to Berlin during which she held a meeting with Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. She was accompanied by Mr. Helmut P. Gauff, founder GAUFF GmbH and Company Engineering KG.

Mr. Silberhorn, who is also Germany's Governor at the African Development Bank, welcomed Hon. Ntege to Germany and applauded the warm and strong relations between Germany and Uganda. The two parties then had an in-depth exchange of views on a number of issues concerning bilateral development cooperation with Uganda that focuses on three main priority areas: (1) Renewable energies and energy efficiency, (2) Sustainable economic development/rural and agricultural finance and (3) Water and sanitation.

Hon. Ntege briefed her host on the development of the new Kampala Port at Bukasa on the shores of Lake Victoria, which when completed is expected to handle up to 5.2 million tonnes of freight annually. The port will facilitate movement of goods from the Tanzanian ports of Dar es Salaam and Tanga, via rail to the port of Musoma on Lake Victoria. Barges would then bring the cargo over the lake to Bukasa. This would reduce Uganda's near-total dependence on the port of Mombasa, Kenya. Uganda has borrowed $48 million from two German banks to construct this port.

Mr. Helmut P. Gauff, whose company is doing the civil engineering works of the project, explained that the first phase of the project included establishing a master plan and development of the preliminary design of the port, including its connectivity to the Kampala Industrial and Business Park. He added that construction measures, such as exploitation, site installation and first construction measures for the future quay wall would follow. In the more advanced phases the construction of the actual port will be implemented, including the docklands and the whole infrastructure. The education and further training of personnel for the administration and later operation of the port is also a vital part of the project.

Others who attended the meeting were Dr. Stefan Oswald, Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, BMZ, Mr. Jochen Scherer, Head of Department, Infrastructure, Special Projects, GAUFF GmbH and Company Engineering KG, Mr. Emmanuel Winyi Mugamba, MD, GAUFF Consultants (U) Ltd and Mr. Fred Moses Mukhooli, Charge d' Affaires, Uganda Embassy.

Earlier in the day, the Hon. Minister of Works and Transport and her delegation were conducted on a tour of a dry inland port on the outskirts of Berlin City.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin