Cabinet ministers on Monday approved that Uganda signs and ratifies the inter-government deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo to jointly construct a road network that is expected, to among others, strengthen bilateral relations, increase the volume of trade between the two countries, and accelerate regional integration and stability.
In June, President Yoweri Museveni and his Congolese counterpart Felix Antoine Tshisekedi launched Mpondwe Bridge to improve mobility between Kampala and Kinshasha.
At the same event, they also commissioned a road infrastructure connectivity project covering the Mpondwe/Kasindi-Beni Road (80km), the Bunagana-Rutshuru-Goma Road (89km) and the Beni-Butembo Axis (54km). The two nations are also building three roads: Nebbi-Goli Mahagi-Bunia (190kms), Bunia-Bogoro-Kasenyi (55km) and Rwebisengo-Budiba-Buguma-Nyiyapandam, including Budiaba Bridge across River Semuliki (49km).
The projects will be executed by a Ugandan engineering company Dott Services Limited.
DRC is Uganda's second-biggest regional trade partner after Kenya. In 2018, Uganda exported $221M worth of goods to DRC in formal trade, while informal trade stood at $312 million making the total exports worth $533m.
According to the bilateral agreement, Uganda will contribute 20% of the total cost of the project estimated at $334.5million.