Improving the Connectivity and Productivity of Urban Municipalities
Infrastructure for Sustainable Growth
Improving the connectivity and productivity of urban municipalities in the Jinja Kampala and Entebbe corridor, (JKE) where 50 percent of urban dwellers reside, is critical to strengthening and promoting social and economic productivity
CIG Uganda is providing technical assistance to relevant government agency to unlock urban potential and tap into the opportunities for growth and development within the infrastructure sector.
1.) Solid Waste Management
With the increasing growth and urbanisation within JKE corridor, the volume of waste generated is increasing at alarming rates. The current waste management infrastructure is not able to cope with the increased volumes of waste generated. There is urgent need for a new large volume facility. CIG is working with Kampala Capital City Authority to find catalytic solutions to the emerging solid waste management challenges within the JKE corridor.
- Providing technical assistance to address any gaps and fast track the preparation of the Public Private Partnership project that will improve waste management, in close collaboration with International Finance Corporation(IFC).
- Designing a long term waste treatment solution and preparation of a thermal treatment project as a follow up of the PPP project
- Providing expertise on the closure and rehabilitation of the Kiteezi landfill;
- Supporting the mobilisation of capital grant to prepare the business case for a thermal treatment project to follow and build-on the waste PPP project;
The project, once implemented, will upgrade all components in the waste management system in Kampala: from collection, transport, transfer, recycling, and final disposal. The project is expected to improve public health, minimize risks to human health and the environment from solid wastes, and supply raw materials to industry for recycling.
2.) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL PARKS
There are currently 23 industrial parks across Uganda. Most of the parks outside Kampala have not yet been sufficiently developed and therefore lack basic infrastructure. Within the CIG focus area of the JKE corridor, the industrial parks have only been partially developed. There is still a significant requirement for infrastructure provision to support high commercial and business growth.
- Carrying out a needs assessment for the industrial parks, with particular attention to the Jinja industrial park.
- Preparing a master plan for Kira Motor Vehicle Plant (Uganda’s first electric bus manufacturer) and the Jinja Industrial and Business Park and
- Develop a bankable project that will attract investment into the business park.
Improved Access to Reliable and Affordable Power for Households and Businesses
Power Sector Transformation
Uganda has a considerable surplus of power with installed generation capacity of 1182MW and 600MW of domestic demand, representing a capacity utilization rate of 50%.
By 2020, electricity supply is set to increase to 2000MW with the commissioning of Karuma Hydro-power plant and other Independent Power Producers.
However, supply is not matched by demand. Only 23% of the populace has access to grid electricity and this coupled with low levels of industrialization has added to the low demand.
CIG Uganda is working with the Ministry, Departments and Government Agencies and the power sector on the demand and supply side to improve productive use of available power to drive economic and social growth that will create wealth and employment.
We have facilitated the coordination and collaboration between sector players to drive alignment in the value chain with emphasis in implementation support and technical capacity improvement. This has led to the development of a Roadmap for Power Sector Transformation that will guide coordination and efficiencies in the sector.
The power intervention will close in March 2021
Urban Development and Productivity to Improve the Competitiveness of Uganda’s Cities and Urban Centres
Urban Planning for Sustainablility
Kampala City is the 13th fastest growing urban centre in the world, with the Jinja-Kampala-Entebbe (JKE) corridor accounting for more than 60 percent of Uganda’s GDP
This has come with implications that include; a crippling transportation system resulting into excessive transaction and movement costs; 90 percent of the urban population is employed informally; 70 percent of the population resides in informal settlements and only eight percent of urban dwellers have access to water-borne sanitation.
The JKE corridor is also grappling with the challenge of inadequate integration of the planning process which has created development control and accessibility challenges
Improving the productivity of urban municipalities in the JKE corridor is a key priority, as a driver to strengthen Uganda’s economic growth.
Through a demand driven approach, CIG Uganda programme will work sector Ministry, Department and Agencies, local government leadership and sector players in developing adequate capacity and framework for metropolitan planning and development in the Jinja-Kampala- Entebbe corridor(JKE)/ the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area. (GKMA).
CIG is working towards Government of Uganda’s ambitions to make the GKMA one of the most attractive cities in the world, through technical support to achieve adequate and integrated spatial planning at regional and municipality level.
Support urban development and productivity to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s cities and urban centres.
Technical and sector skills have been deployed to work with the industry players to address the challenges through:
- Strategic planning for Kampala City in the context of the Greater Kampala Economic Development Strategy (GKEDS);
- Feasibility for the JK Express way resettlement for Projected Affected Persons
- Municipal capacity for local revenue mobilisation opportunities, and
- Urban planning, spatial analysis and design
Improving the Quality of Project Planning to Attract Investment for Growth
Increasing Investments in Urban Infrastructure
Uganda lacks sufficient financing for its important infrastructure investment agenda. However, the ability to prepare investment-grade bankable projects is lacking, resulting in poorly prepared public investment projects. With CIG Uganda support, staff of Kampala City Authority will receive technical assistance to enhance their capacity for planning, project preparation to bankability level to promote investment that will result in efficient and equitable development.
INVESTMENT MECHANISM FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
CIG Uganda programme will provide technical assistance to support the City Capital Authority and the urban centres within the KJE corridor to develop and implement finance and investment strategy that will draw investments into infrastructure development within the city and urban centres.
The investment mechanism is applied to all the interventions within the CIG programme to ensure we identify bankable resilient infrastructure that is attractive to investors and will in the long run drive urban economic growth.