President Museveni gives the go-ahead for Bukasa Port – Phase II

On 07.03.2018 a delegation of GAUFF Engineering was received by the President of Uganda, H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, in his State Chancellery in Entebbe.

The delegation, led by Managing Director of GAUFF Engineering, Michael Fischer, informed the President and the numerous high-level representatives of the Ugandan Government, including: i.a. from the Ministries of Works and Transport, of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the state of planning for the newly constructed "Bukasa Port" on Lake Victoria as a trimodal freight center, and explained the next steps to take. In particular, the benefits of the underlying holistic development approach for the Ugandan inland ports on the north shore of Lake Victoria (Bukasa Port as a port of shipment, Port Bell as a passenger port and Jinja Pier as an industrial port) and the planned location in Bukasa were highlighted over other discussed development ideas for all modes of transport.

The location in Bukasa fulfills all the prerequisites for a port to ensure successful operation. By connecting the port to the existing rail and road network as well as to the planned infrastructure measures, a trimodal transshipment of goods will be made possible immediately and in the future. In addition, the area and the nearby "Kampala Industrial & Business Park" provides enough space for industrial settlement, and then serves as a central hub for all flow of goods along the "Northern" and the "Central Transport Corridor". Thus, Bukasa Port can already play a decisive role in trade between the East African countries immediately after commissioning.

In this context, the German Ambassador, Dr. Albrecht Conze, emphasized the extensive project-accompanying training measures for the future employees of the port operator and referred to the nearly 30,000 jobs that may arise after commissioning in the port and in the adjacent Industrial Park.

President Museveni stated that he still considered the proposed development concept and location choice in Bukasa to be the best possible solution, and called on all parties involved to start building the port (phase II) as soon as possible.

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