The World Bank signed a credit of the $153 million with the Government of Uganda aiming at supporting the Sustainable Development Project in the Albertine rift – the region heavily frequented by travelers on safaris in Uganda.
The Project that is noted to last for five (5) years is estimated to generate benefits that will cover about three (3) million people. The project will feature infrastructure development, market development, skills development all in the Uganda’s Albertine rift – the region that is undergoing expeditious transformation and growth following the discovery of oil on top of being a lucrative Uganda safari destination.
The agreement which was appended by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija along with the Country Manager of World Bank in Uganda Christina Malmberg Calvo marking the final touch to securing the money for the project implementation.
The Sustainable Development Project in the Albertine Rift will fund the upgrade of the 100km road stretching from Kyenjojo to Kabwoya from gravel to a class two road highway. This section of the road is part of the greater 238km Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba road which is usually used by the travelers on safari in Uganda to connect to destinations in the Albertine area. Therefore the road will enable to link the districts of Kyenjojo, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi, and Kiryandongo all in the west of Uganda. The road’s upgrade will contribute to travel time reduction, stimulate development of the local economy and offer easier access to markets and social services in the area.
The Sustainable Development Project will also aim at enhancing the local development through finding small scale infrastructure that appear to be productive in the districts of Hoima and Buliisa along with upgrade of the rural roads to the all season roads. The credit funds will also facilitate the planning of towns which are undergoing the development pressure in the Albertine region along with building capacity in the local authorities to handle the effects of the growth pressures.
The fund will also see the range of technical colleges upgraded among which include the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba and the Uganda Technical College located in Kichwamba thus creating a lasting future impact. The project will aim at modernizing the curriculum and facilities along with improving the institutional governance. The bursary scheme to support about 600 students in skills development which will enable them secure jobs in the region in the areas of tourism, agro processing, nursing and construction will also be given consideration.
The Albertine rift is the western arm of the East African Rift Valley and is one of the most diverse regions on the continental lands of Africa prompting world travelers to undertake safaris to Uganda. The Albertine rift features more than a half of the birds of Africa, 40% of the mammals of Africa, and 20% of the plants and Amphibians and most interestingly, it contains great vertebrate species than any other part of Africa.
The Albertine rift is regarded a biodiversity hot as it supports more endemic, endangered and threatened Species compared to any other part of Africa including the mountain gorillas always explored on gorilla safaris in Uganda distributed in the national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla in Uganda.