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Uganda to pick bidder to construct, operate highway : The Standard

News Summed Up 2019-01-09 05:30:00

Uganda to pick bidder to construct highway by end 2019KAMPALA- Uganda expects to pick the winning bidder by the end of 2019 to build and operate a $1.5 billion road project under a public private partnership (PPP) model, a senior official said on Tuesday.The planned 95-km (60-mile) highway will connect the capital Kampala with Jinja, an industrial town in the east of Uganda. Patrick Muleme, head of design at state-run Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), told Reuters the motorway was the first road in Uganda being implemented using a PPP model. Muleme said construction would cost about $1 billion, with the contractor raising $600 million and the government contributing $400 million. “We’re coming up with a number of similar expressways where we think a similar model might work,” Muleme said, adding that two more planned roads using the PPP model were being studied. He said projects using the PPP model were planned in Kenya and Tanzania, while he said others had successfully worked in other parts of Africa including South Africa and Senegal.