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AMBASSADOR TIBALEKA MEETS GERMAN FIRM UPGRADING THE ATIAK-LAROPI ROAD

Friday, 22nd November 2019
H.E. Ambassador Marcel Tibaleka while meeting Mr. Jörg Wellmeyer, Managing Director, STRABAG International GmbH
Mr. Jorg Wellmeyer, Managing Director, STRABAG International GmbH, on 12th November 2019, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka to update him on the company's ongoing projects in Uganda.

Mr. Wellmeyer, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Africa Association of German Business, informed his host that STRABAG International GmbH would be carrying out civil works for the upgrading of the 66 km Atiak-Laropi road from gravel to paved standard. The Atiak-Laropi road connects traffic to the Gulu-Nimule Road, the primary trade route between Uganda and South Sudan. STRABAG has been active on the African continent for more than 40 years and has successfully created infrastructure projects in many African countries.

Mr. Wellmeyer added that he would soon be travelling to Uganda to follow up on how far the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development had reached in regard to the Muzizi Hydro Power Project in Kagadi district, Western Uganda. The 45 MW hydro power plant project is at the financial close stage and waiting for signing of the EPC Contract to start the construction works. Muzizi will be developed as a run-of-river power plant with additional peaking capacity to provide electricity during daily peak demand. The project, whose operational date is expected to be 2021, includes all construction measures, environmental and social mitigation measures as well as expert services to support the implementation and monitoring of the project.

Amb. Tibaleka, on his part, was happy to note that the objective of the Muzizi Hydropower Project would soon be achieved and that this would lead to meeting the energy needs of Uganda's population for social and economic development and improving the quality and security of power supply in the country. He said he was aware that the German Development Bank (KfW) had in December 2016 provided a concessional loan of EUR 40 million and a grant of EUR 5 million while the French Development Bank (AFD) contributed a concessional loan of EUR 45 million and the Uganda Government made an equity contribution of about EUR 20 million to ensure full financing of the EUR 110 million project.

He thanked the European Investment Bank (EIB) for funding 90% of the EUR 72.2 million cost of upgrading the Atiak-Laropi roadworks and pledged the full support of the Embassy especially in facilitating the Germany teams from both projects with the required consular and protocol services.

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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