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i was loking at naskangola its looks like they are building a city. i saw road networks being paved housig in rows being constructed anda long road that leads nowhere(i think its an airport runway.) whats going on there. go on goolge maps and see for yourself looks like they are building a city. at some point plans to movethe capital to naskangoa were made but call of has this plan been rubuted. will uganda change capitals like nigeria and tanzania.
 

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thanks for the info jonathanuganda please keep the info comming
and any photos of the northern bypass i feel like i haven't seen enough of it to tell if it is good enough or not and i wonder if it is still being constructed
 

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Ugandan fruit farmers get boost from Bill Gates and Coca-Cola partnership
$11.5m partnership expected to increase income of 50,000 fruit growers and could benefit Katine farmers

It is hoped the $11.5m partnership, announced this week, will enable more than 50,000 small fruit farmers in eastern Uganda and the Mount Kenya and Rift Valley regions of Kenya to increase their productivity and double their incomes by 2014, mainly through the sale of their fruit to use in Coca-Cola's locally produced and sold fruit juices.

The partnership will particularly target mango and passion fruit farmers, who will be offered advice on implementing quality control standards, developing good practices that will boost productivity and linking to markets.

The Ugandan government is keen to increase the value of its fruit as a way of meeting its Prosperity for All targets. Fruit exports have increased steadily over recent years - in 2007, the value of exports hit more than $1m. But, as the fruit is exported fresh, the country is missing out on the full potential of its produce through processing dried fruits, fruit juices or canned fruits. At present, Uganda's processing is limited to fruit juice extraction, the produce of which is sold locally.

Some UShs 5bn has been allocated by the government for a fruit processing factory in the Teso region of Uganda, one of the poorest in the country. An estimated 1.5 million citrus trees are planted in the region and by 2011 this number is expected to rise to about 5 million. However, a private backer is being sought for the factory, and there is confusion over the timescale of the project and who will run the operation. Locals hope this week's meeting will help clarify some of these points.

It is understood that TechnoServe will do the work on the ground, training farmers to improve the quality of their fruit and helping them organise into groups and access credit. Funds for the work is coming from a $7.5m grant from the Gates Foundation, $3m from Coca-Cola and $1m from its bottling partner, Coca-Cola Sabco. More details on the training programme should be available shortly.

TechnoServe, which encourages local entrepreneurship and private enterprise as a route out of poverty, is already working on similar partnerships across Africa to increase the productivity of bananas, cashews, cocoa and coffee. "We are honoured to be a part of this innovative collaboration, as it represents a significant step forward for private sector development in Africa," said its president and CEO Bruce McNamer. "This investment will drive momentum toward reducing poverty across Africa by helping entrepreneurial farmers connect to markets and get the support they need."
 

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Uganda's oil and gas to attract $10b


UGANDA’S oil and gas industry is poised to attract $10b as the sector moves from the exploration to development stage. Two billion barrels of crude oil have been confirmed in Lake Albert basin.

Tullow and Heritage have invested over $700m in the basin in drilling 27 oil wells of which 25 have confirmed commercially-viable hydrocarbons. This success story is turning the area into a new oil hotspot and attracting considerable interest from oil giants that are short of exploration opportunities elsewhere.

In a bid to recoup its investment in anticipation of a much higher return on investment, Heritage in December entered into a deal to sell its stake to Italian oil giant Eni for $1.5b.

Eni would pay $1.35b upfront and a further $150m in cash or a stake in a producing oil field of a similar value within two years, subject to approval by the Ugandan Government. But Tullow, which jointly owns block 1 and 3A in a 50-50% joint venture with Heritage, offered to buy out its partner, since it had the first option to buy in case Heritage wants to sell – what is called pre-emptive right.

The firm secured the money to match Eni’s offer and will enter into a sale and purchase agreement with Heritage for the proposed oil fields, awaiting government’s approval.

The decision to pre-empt the sale of Heritage Oil’s Ugandan deposit assets to Eni is intended to secure the firm’s position among the giants of the oil world, having grown up from its humble beginnings a quarter of a century ago.
Aidan Heavey, the Tullow chief executive officer, in telephone interview said the firm intends to spend $10b in the next five years.

“Since we have pre-empted the Heritage-Eni deal, we are in position to work with the Government of Uganda in the next three weeks in a transparent manner to deliver a refinery, pipelines and power generation facilities and various infrastructure,” he said.

“We commenced a transparent and auditable partnering process six months ago and have attracted major oil companies who could bring significant benefits to Uganda to meet their ambitious plans for the sector.”

Heavey said Tullow is committed to retaining a material stake in Uganda and to continue to invest for the long term. As we enter the development phase, we are working closely with the Ugandan government to introduce mutually beneficial partner with downstream expertise who is aligned with this long term approach.

“The process will enable two or more like-minded partners to deliver a faster, more comprehensive upstream and downstream (pipelines and refinery) development,” he said.

“We have made it clear that we intend to farmdown our assets swiftly to an experienced and credible partner. The commitment is that we will have a number of different companies and we expect at least two different companies.”

The energy ministry awarded Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, a UK-based firm, a contract to carryout a feasibility study for the construction and development of an oil refinery in Uganda.

The refinery development programme will go through five stages; feasibility study, project promotion and attracting developers and the front-end engineering design. Other stages are engineering procurement and construction and commission and operation of the refinery.

The Tullow boss said: “We are not anti-refinery. Refining oil in Uganda is a good thing and that is why we needed some company with the experience.”
“Once the government has decided, we shall deliver the refinery because we have a strong and long-standing relationship with the government and we will always work with them to achieve the best outcome for Uganda,” he said.

But the agreement will allow the firm to retain control of Uganda’s precious oil assets and put itself into a position to strike up a lucrative partnership with an international oil major, very probably Exxon-Mobil.

“Government is very supportive because it sees that this is an opportunity to pick and choose an operator in a transparent manner.”
He pointed out that next year will attract a lot of activities as the development stage of Uganda’s oil industry kick-starts.

“Before you even start seeing the oil itself, there will be investments in the infrastructure like railways, roads, piplelines and refinery,” Heavey said.
“This will require a huge service industry. This will generate jobs in the oil fields, jobs in shipping, maintenance and all support, construction industries.”
The sale dwarfs the other landmark deals in the company’s history – namely buying Hardman Resources for £581m in 2007; acquiring Africa Energy for $570m in 2004; and taking over a package of BP’s North Sea gas fields for £200m in 2000. All these deals and an aggressive programme of exploration have contributed to the firm reporting record profits in the past few years.

Since Tullow was founded in 1985 by chief executive Aiden Heavey, now aged 56, it has grown exponentially; the company now employs over 540 people in 23 countries, is in the FTSE 100 and has a market cap of £10.8bn.

Analysts say that The fields are a good buy. Although there are just 800m barrels in the easy-to-extract “discoverable cash” category, the true potential of the Ugandan side of Lake Albert is nearer 2bn barrels, making it one of the top 50 oil producers in the world.

When running at full capacity, the site could add as much as $2bn a year to Tullow’s top line for as long as three decades, although it will have to share this with a partner, probably ExxonMobil. Tullow is playing a clever political game by offering to list shares in the oil field in Uganda.

However, both Heritage and Tullow make their names by finding new oil patches, selling them on to bigger oil companies when their development gets costly and complex, and using the cash to find new oil patches.

In Uganda, where the two companies are the biggest operators, they have come to the point when they need to sell all or part of their stakes as their ventures on the shores of Lake Albert move from exploration to development.

Neither has the money, expertise or the interest to build a refinery to satisfy the small local market, rehabilitate the railway that will transport oil initially, or build the pipeline that will become the more permanent export route out of Uganda.

Tullow in the past five years has been one of the industry's most successful oil explorers, and yet it cannot develop its big discoveries in Ghana and Uganda. Therefore, finding a buyer for its Ugandan assets will be critical.

Other interested parties
Uganda’s oil and gas has attracted a significant amount of interest from major international and national oil companies. Sources indicate that some of the big companies eying for the hydrocarbon include France’s Total, American giant ExxonMobil and the state-owned China National Oil Company.

Also the Libyans through their investment arm, Libya Africa Investments Portfolio (LAP) have expressed interest in financing the refinery upto a tune of about $1b should Uganda decide to go with this decision. The Iranians last year, at the visit of President Museveni to Iran, indicated their willingness to finance the whole chain. Government officials have visited countries to study and gain skills in oil management.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/9/32/707632
 

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2007 u might think that was long ago but these projects were part of the plan.(the new kampala-jinja highway,jinja-bugiri highway,new jinja bridge,bujagali dam, bell lager expansion,the east uganda regional oil supply,jinja industrial park,bugembe stadium expansion for ceacafa cup)

the new projects are( a new eco freindly hospital,kira dam,jinja theme park,a modern boat dock,beaches,jinja ict park,kamuli estae in jinja,masese landing site, cbd expansion and the relocation of the prison. jinja museum.)



Jinja launches development plan
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010

By Esther Mukyala

JINJA Municipality has launched a 2007-2012 city development strategic plan, and identified priority areas to be developed in the five-year period.

While addressing a gathering at the launch held at the mayor’s gardens last week, the mayor, Baswale Kezaala, said he anticipated to spend about sh76b on the projects.

He said the city development strategy will serve as a driver for Busoga’s renaissance, wake Jinja up from its slumber, harness its natural endowments and regain its lost glory, so that it is no longer branded a ghost town.
Kezaala said the municipality has got all it takes to become a city. He blamed the delay on political sabotage.
The city development strategy, he added, was not his personal project but was for the benefit of the people of Busoga and Jinja as a whole.

The Jinja east MP, Nathan Igeme Nabeta, urged the residents to support the plan and increase investments in Jinja.

The minister for local government, Adolf Mwesigye, who was to officiate at the ceremony, did not turn up nor did he delegate.
Kezaala said he was upset by the minister’s failure to attend the ceremony yet the invitation letter was received and stamped on January 13 by the minister’s personal assistant.

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btw 76 billion shillings is kampalas yearly budget for construction. jinjas geting the same for the five years. imagine jinja at the end wow.

EA to invest in museums
Thursday, 4th February, 2010


By Paul Tentena

EAST African governments have resolved to invest in museums to preserve historical values of East Africa to boost the tourism industry.

The governments also agreed that member countries establish conference and convention centres in business cities like Kigali, Arusha, Jinja, Mombasa, Bujumbura and Dar-es-Salaam.

This was at the 3rd East African investment conference at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala recently.

The conference was held under the theme “Invest in East Africa, where challenges are opportunities.”

Eriya Kategaya, the second deputy prime minister and minister for East African affairs, said countries should enact laws that promote investments, development of efficient infrastructures and the elimination of corruption and red tape.

The conference resolved to set up colleges for hotel and tourism management and to encourage the development of three to five star hotels to cater to business persons and tourists.
 

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thanks for the info jonathanuganda please keep the info comming
and any photos of the northern bypass i feel like i haven't seen enough of it to tell if it is good enough or not and i wonder if it is still being constructed
I will try and take some sections of the bypass when I have some time on my hands. I don't think I can take the entire distance of the by-pass though.
 

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MPs want new capital
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Posted Thursday, February 4 2010 at 00:00

Lawmakers yesterday spoke in favour of the creation of a new capital city, pointing out just about everything amiss with Kampala as they tore into the government’s push for the enactment of the Physical Planning Bill 2009.
The Bill, first tabled on the floor in August 2009, seeks to offer the government a new blueprint for physical planning especially in the lands, roads and housing sector.
It also seeks to “make the whole country a planning area (urban and countryside) which is essential for efficient resource use,” the Bill reads in part.
Although several MPs said they would support the Bill, there was general agreement that there is little this new piece of legislation can do to change the fortunes of Kampala City, one example the lawmakers cited to show what poor planning has bred.
Kampala state
For a city that is home to chaotic traffic jams, bizarre construction, sprawling slums, open manholes, potholes and wetland encroachment among other vices of poor planning, the MPs’ comments came as a stark reminder of the predicament that Kampala city finds itself today.
Chua MP Livingstone Okello Okello predicated a bleak future for Kampala and warned that the city would be dangerous to live in.
“You cannot have a jungle of concrete and mortar only. We should take the capital to Masindi Port and start a new city,” said Mr Okello, adding; “In a few years time those who walk on foot will be faster than those who drive cars.”
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Built by the colonial regime half a century ago, Kampala city was designed for 500,000 inhabitants but the city is now home to more than three million people.
Kaberamaido MP Florence Ekwau said she was certain the government would fail to implement the proposed law.
Debate on the Bill continues today.
 

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President Zuma eyes Ugandan Oil

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South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Kampala on Thursday for a two-day state visit, heading a large delegation expected to explore investment opportunities in Uganda's new-found oil wealth.
"The visit is a big opportunity for Uganda and South Africa. Now that our country has discovered oil, they can help because they have the expertise in that field," Uganda's Deputy Foreign Minister, Isaac Musumba, told Agence France-Presse.

"Other than oil, we have a lot of potential in many areas, which I am sure the South African delegation will be interested in," he added.

Zuma, whose delegation includes several Cabinet ministers and business leaders, received a 21-gun salute in Entebbe before going into a one-on-one meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

South Africa has a relatively small indigenous oil and gas industry but is exploring for more offshore and has several companies offering consulting services in refining and processing.

Uganda does not yet produce oil but is believed to have large potential and giants such as France's Total and China's CNOOC are vying for a share of the country's existing oil fields.

Zuma was also expected to address members of Uganda's National Chamber of Minerals and Petroleum.

He was later scheduled to address the East African nation's Parliament and is due to unveil the cornerstone of the Oliver Tambo Leadership Institute on Friday. -- AFP
 

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What happen Kenguy.?

Kenya is next. they are already looking for it. Don't be terrified. you can't be without Oil. thats impassible in that Geographic location.

If Somali, South Sudan, TZ and Uganda have Oil, then just believe that you. Its jst a matter of few years.
 

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Uganda to choose oil production firm next month

Uganda to choose oil production firm next month

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Kampala (AFP) March 10, 2010

Uganda will next month decide which international oil firm will carry out production and development of its nascent petroleum industry, an energy ministry official said Wednesday.

Uganda is currently weighing rival bids from France's Total and the Chinese state-controlled giant CNOOC to take over assets in the oil-rich Lake Albert region.

"Our expectation is that by April we will have finished our evaluation and that the government will give the go ahead for the transactions to proceed," the energy ministry's permanent secretary, Kabagambe Kaliisa, told reporters.

Uganda's estimated two billion barrels of crude are currently controlled by two small exploration firms: Britain's Tullow and Canada's Heritage.

Tullow is to buy Heritage's stakes and will immediately resell a significant share to an oil major with significant experience in production and delvelopment, operations manager Brian Glover told AFP recently.

Kaliisa said that Tullow's prospective partner must have a considerable capital available to invest
in Uganda.


"We have told everybody in the world that we are looking for strong investment in this sector. We are looking for companies that have strong market capitalisation," he said.
I'm hoping for the CNOOC, just based on what the Chinese have been doing so far on the continent and thinking of other potential Chinese re-investments in Uganda.
 

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I think They will choose CNOOC.

Total is a giant as well and it has long time experience in this business. But France isn't a big investors, when it comes to investments other than Oil. While the Chinese are already one of the biggest investors in Uganda(If not the biggest).

I think if Total doesn't get it. they will be more focused to get the Congo Oil(They are already interested in anyways).
 
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