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Uganda To Construct A 223KM Road Network In DRC

Uganda To Construct A 223KM Road Network In DRC

The Ugandan Cabinet has approved a proposal that will see a 223km road network constructed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An announcement on the development came on Tuesday by the government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo. He made these remarks as he addressed the press on various decisions made by the cabinet at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.

‘’Cabinet approved the construction and upgrading of the national road network from Kasindi section at the border to Beni (80km). The integration of the Beni-Butembo axis (54km) to the national road. And finally, the Bunagana (border) to Ruchuru-Goma road (89km). However, the project will be carried out on grounds that the government and people of Uganda will benefit through economic interconnectivity,’’ Opondo said.

The reason for this;

The move to construct the road will help improve mobility and ease business between the two neighboring countries. It will also improve the people to people interconnectivity of the two countries. He also said the road will improve on the security in the Eastern region of DRC and increase trade and investment. DRC is one of Uganda’s biggest partners in trade with a number of the country’s exports ending up in Kinshasa.

In 2019, President Museveni held talks with the country’s new leader Felix Tshisekedi at State House Entebbe. The two discussed key issues. Some of them being trade between the two countries, security, and bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, the two countries signed agreements to work on key road networks connecting them to ease business.

The latest development underscores the stable relations between Uganda and DR Congo which have been enjoyed in the past decades. However, the public reaction to this seems rather cloudy.

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