Museveni, Tshisekedi Flag-off Construction Of DRC Roads Aimed At Boosting Trade

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today joined  DR Congo President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo to preside over the Ground- Breaking Ceremony of the road infrastructure at Mpondwe in Kasese District in Uganda and Kasindi in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The two Heads of State exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. They reiterated their commitment to promoting trade, investment and common infrastructure as well as deepening integration among the peoples of the African continent.

They stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in different sectors including; security, infrastructure connectivity, energy, trade and investment, health, management of transboundary water resources, petroleum and minerals with the view to promoting peace, stability and prosperity of the two countries.

The Heads of State recalled the State Visit to Uganda by His Excellency Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo which took place from 9-10 November 2019 and welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the decisions agreed upon during the Visit.

The two Heads of State applauded the signing of the Inter- Governmental Agreement (IGA) and the Project Development Agreement (PDA) concerning the joint implementation of the road infrastructure project covering the Mpondwe/Kasindi-Beni Road (80 kilometers); the Bunagana-Rutshuru- Goma Road (89 kilometers); and the Beni-Butembo Axis (54 kilometers) on the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 27th May 2021 at State House, Entebbe.

The two Heads of State commissioned the construction of the road infrastructure between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and underlined that this historical event, will cause a tremendous change in the socio-economic transformation of lives of the two peoples.

They directed the Contractor Dott  Services Ltd to execute the construction works in a timely manner.

The two Heads of State also welcomed the construction of Mpondwe Bridge by Government of the Republic of Uganda linking the two countries and commended the on-going construction of the Mpondwe/Kasindi One Stop Border Post (OSBP) and Mpondwe Border Export Zone to facilitate trade, movement of people, goods and services between the two countries.

They directed that preparations for the construction of the Nebbi- Goli- Mahagi- Bunia road (190 kilometers), Bunia- Bogoro- Kasenyi road (55 Kilometers) and Rwebisengo-Budiba-Buguma-Njiyapanda road including the Budiba Bridge across River Semuliki (49 Kilometers) be undertaken as soon as possible.

Dott Services Ltd has been in construction business for 27 years will be in charge of the upgrading of the above roads to full scale tarmac.

The Naguru based company has of recent received praises for excellent works on infrastructure projects in Uganda.Dott said they are already and set to execute the above road works in a timely manner and promised to deliver magnificent final product.

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