A report Shows an Improvement in Disclosure of Information of Public Projects.

There has been improvement in disclosure of information of public Infrastructure projects in Uganda compared to previous years.

This has been indicated in a report released on 12th Friday/2021, by CoST Uganda titled ” Ray of Sunshine, A report of the 4th Assurance process in Uganda. The report indicates that disclosure across the 23 projects was at an average of 62% an increase of 20% from the 3rd assurance process report which was at 42% of 2020.

Olive Kabatwairwe, Africa Regional Manager and programme Coordinator CoST Uganda while delivering her remarks said that, in regard to disclosure trends, proactive disclosure increased from 43 to 55% where as reactive disclosure tremendously increased from 42% to 70%.

She adds that despite there has been an improvement, but still there is various challenges faced such as high foreign dependency for investments in infrastructure development, limited consultations and involvement of lower level stakeholders, delayed data retrieval and lack of sufficient information management systems across entities, no standard disclosure template, across entity websites, data was insufficient, outdated, inconsistent and inaccurate. Physical disclosure along projects sites was also insufficient with most of the projects having broken, fallen and others lacked sufficient information walls among others.

Olive appealed government to lay down various strategies to ensure effective service delivery system specifically within infrastructure sector.
” I urged the government through public and disposal of public assets authority (PPDA) to issue a standard disclosure template for infrastructure projects, and should be accompanied with associated guidelines on how data can be disclosed,” she added.

Edwin Muhumuza director corporate affair Public Procurement and Disposal of public Assents authority said that there has been an increase of projects given to local contractors in previous years from 15% to 35% due to infrastructure transparency initiative reports.

Opportunities in Infrastructure
According to Uganda Investment Authority (2017), Infrastructure is a key priority of the Ugandan Government. During the past few years, infrastructure development has contributed immensely to increased productivity by facilitating efficient connectivity and easing the movement of goods and the provision of services.

Infrastructure funding currently comprises about 32.8% of the Government’s total annual expenditure.

Road Transport
The road network includes the national road network, city road network, as well as district, urban and community access roads. In line with the Government’s target of starting commercial oil production by 2020, physical works on three oil roads equivalent to 363km out of 600km are under way. This will help the development of an oil and gas industrial park in western Uganda and the promotion of business start-ups.

Railway Transport
The Government of Uganda is committed to the development of the national railway system as the cheapest means of transport. The rail sub-sector is set to undergo major changes, including upgrading from the meter gauge rail (1 067mm) to the standard gauge (1 435mm).

Air Transport
The air transport system is served by 47 aerodromes distributed evenly throughout the country. Of these, 14 are owned, operated and managed by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), including Entebbe International Airport which is the main entry and exit point for international traffic.

The Government has designated five other airports as entry/exit (international) points to promote trade and tourism. These are Arua, Gulu, Pakuba, Kidepo and Kasese. The rest of the aerodromes are owned, operated and managed by the private sector and local authorities.

The government has revived the National Airline, Uganda Airline to fully support the aviation industry. It is also developing Kabale International Airport in the Albertine region in the western Uganda to service the oil sector.

Inland Water Transport
Water transport is one of the quickest and cheapest means of transport in Uganda. The country is endowed with 18 inland water ports spread across the different water bodies, most of which are on Lake Victoria, which are plied by more than 170 vessels carrying an estimated 6 to 8 million passengers a year.

The Government is increasing investment in water transport infrastructure to enhance the movement of both passenger and cargo traffic. The underexploited infrastructure provides a viable investment opportunity, especially for the increasing tourism market and intra-regional trade activities.

Energy Infrastructure
The total electricity generation capacity is currently 1,200MW. A total of 17 hydro and solar power projects are under construction and an additional 800MW will be added to the national grid. The Government is adding 726.3km of electricity transmission lines to the network.

ICT Infrastructure
Uganda’s National Backbone Infrastructure, an initiative that aims to connect all major towns within the country to an optical fibre cable-based network and to connect Government entities to the e-Government Network, has been extended to districts countrywide.

The total span of fibre optic cables laid out across the country by both the government and private sector is 5,110km, providing seamless connections. Additionally, in order to provide faster internet speeds, 4G technologies have been rolled out with the objective of transforming access to public and private spectrums as well as promoting e-commerce to boost economic growth and efficiency.
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About CoST Uganda
An Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
CoST is a multi-stakeholder initiative with participating countries spanning four continents. CoST promotes transparency by disclosing data from public infrastructure investment, helping to inform and empower citizens, enabling them to hold decision-makers to account.

With a track record of saving money, delivering legal and institutional reforms and building the capacity of stakeholders, the initiative is ideally placed to drive future efforts on increasing transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of public infrastructure.

CoST’s Vision
Better lives from better infrastructure

CoST’s Mission
Disclose, validate and interpret infrastructure data to empower stakeholders to hold decision-makers to account.

CoST’s Objectives
To create a strategic platform for information sharing and joint advocacy with key stakeholders at different levels in implementation of public infrastructure projects.
To promote transparency, accountability and value for money in the delivery of public infrastructure.
To strengthen the capacity of CoST members to generate, analyze and disseminate information in construction sector.

CoST’s Core Values
Respect of one another
Ethics and Integrity
Transparency and accountability
People-centered development
Team work.

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