Signing of Technical and Financial Cooperation Agreements between the governments of the Republic of Uganda and of the Federal Republic of Germany
Petra Kochendörfer, (Chargé d’Affaires a.i., German Embassy), signing the agreement
(© German Embassy Kampala)
The governments of the Republic of Uganda and the Federal Republic of Germany signed one agreement on Technical and two agreements on Financial Cooperation with total project value of 114.6 m Euros on Tuesday 30th May 2017.
The governments were represented by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Matia Kasaija, and Ms. Petra Kochendörfer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Germany.
Following the government negotiations end of 2016 these agreements re-confirm commitments for new programs in the focus areas Energy, Water and Rural Development. These sectors were identified as priorities for the Uganda-German Cooperation. Further initiatives to strengthen Governance and Civil Society were included. All bilateral programs are implemented by GIZ and KfW –the German Development Bank. All initiatives aim to support Uganda to achieve its national targets within the Agenda 2030.
Enlarge image from left to right: Oliver Jünger (Country Director KfW), Armin Klöckner (GIZ), Hon. Matia Kasaija (Minister of Finance), Petra Kochendörfer, (Chargé d’Affaires a.i., German Embassy), Udo Weber (Head of Cooperation, German Embassy), Juvenal Muhumuza (Ministry of Finance) (© German Embassy Kampala) The new cooperation programs in the area of rural development emphasize on realizing the potential of Uganda’s agricultural sector. The agricultural sector provides huge potential for promotion of employment and income generation as well as to increase food security in Uganda. The initiatives in the water sector will be refocused on activities on water resources management and water for production, which should on one hand address the growing pressure on the water resources through increased use of water for production and on the other hand effects of climate change.
In addition to the Technical and Financial Cooperation Agreements both governments have signed an agreement on a low-interest loan of up to 40 m Euros to the Republic of Uganda for the financing of the Gulu – Agago transmission line. The transmission line will help to improve electricity supply in northern Uganda considerably. The transmission line will evacuate power from three hydro power plants with a total capacity of 106 MW and will serve the growing demand in Northern Uganda.