Status of Implementation of NDPII Core Projects

Core Projects Breakdown Project Status of implementation
1. Agriculture 1.1 Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) 1.1.1 Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) Project being implemented in 12 geographical clusters including the following districts; Masaka, Mpigi, Rakai, Iganga, Bugiri, Namutamba, Pallisa, Tororo, Butaleja, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Mbale, Soroti, Serere, Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu, Apac, Kole, Oyam, Lira, Dokolo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kyegwega, Mubende, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi, Kiryandong, Ntungamo, Kabale, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Nebbi, Arua , Maracha and Yumbe.


Near completion of project (Expected to close in 2019)

1.2 Markets & Agriculture Trade Improvement Project (MATIP II) 1.2.1 Markets & Agriculture Trade Improvement Project (MATIP II)
  • Second phase of MATIP approved to reconstruct an additional 11 out of the remaining 14 identified markets in four regions of the country.
  • Rehabilitation ongoing at different stages
  • Near completion of construction of central and auxiliary markets. (expected completion is 2020)
1.3 Farm Income Enhancement and Forest Conservation II 1.3.1 Farm Income Enhancement and Forest Conservation II
  •  Agreement has be signed with ADB and the project is due to start in FY 2016/17
  • ·GoU has provided for counterpart funding
  • ·Project has been assigned a Code and was included in the PIP for FY 2016/17.
  • ·Project aims to improve household incomes, food security and climate resilience through development of agricultural infrastructure. Project to be implemented over a five-year period in five districts where proposed irrigation schemes are located namely Nebbi, Oyam, Butaleja, Kween and Kasese.
Storage Infrastructure Storage Infrastructure
  • Warehouse Receipts System Authority (WRSA) established
  • Grain Policy approved by Parliament
  • Implementation for the Grain policy under development
Phosphate industry in Tororo Phosphate industry in Tororo  Baseline, 2015

  • Project to manufacture key products such as phosphate fertilizers, steel products, sulphuric acid, rare earth minerals and generate electricity with the capacity of 12 megawatts.
  • Financial closure signed in December 2015, making it one of the largest privately-funded mining sector investments in Uganda.


  • ·Underground study to ascertain the quality and quantity of phosphate in the area, alongside land leasing, relocation and compensation of local communities carried out.
  • Assembling of the processing plant equipment is on-going in China and is expected to be shipped in the course of 2016.

Target June 2017:

  • Final product is a mine and a beneficiation plant with annual capacity of two million tonnes, a phosphate fertilizer plant of annual production of 300,000 tonnes, a sulfuric acid plant of annual production of 400,000, a 12MW waste heat-based power generation plant and a steel mill of annual production of 300,000 tonnes.
2. Tourism Development 2.1 Tourism Marketing and Product Development Project 2.2.1 Tourism Marketing and Product Development Project
  • Rehabilitation works on Namugongo shrine commenced and were completed.
  • Kagulu Hills – No progress realised
  • Evaluation of a consultant to undertake a feasibility study for development of Source of the Nile completed.


  • Commencement of construction works on source of the Nile.
3.Infrastructure Development 3.1     Minerals, Oil and Gas 3.1.1Hoima Oil Refinery
  • Procurement of lead investor completed.
  • Documentation for the Lead Investor Consortium and GOU to constitute a Special Purpose Vehicle (the Refinery Company) to take forward engineering and financing aspects of the Project was finalised
  • Uganda is to route its oil exports through Tanzania after a report found the country was a cheaper and more secure option than its other east African neighbour Kenya. Uganda is to use Tanga, a seaport city about 200km north of Dar es Salaam, to export its crude oil, rather than Lamu in Kenya.
  • The announcement was made at the East African Community (EAC) summit held just outside Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
  • France’s Total, a major player in Uganda’s oil sector and widely seen as having influenced the choice of route, says it has already secured the $4bn needed to fund the Hoima-Tanga route.
3.1.2 Oil-related infrastructure projects
  • A detailed routing study and Baseline Environmental survey for Hoima-Buloba multi-product pipeline (Utility Corridor); and the Resettlement Action Plan study for the Hoima-Buloba product pipeline are ongoing.
  • Under the Public Private Partnership arrangement, the 30 million litre Jinja Storage facility is operational and payment to Government of the concession fees as Non-Tax Revenue commenced.
3.1.3  Albertine region airport
  • The Master plan and the detailed designs for the airport were completed. Civil Aviation Authority will take forward the construction of the Airport. The airport is to be developed in the Albertine Graben, to be located at Kabaale in Hoima District, so as to facilitate delivery of equipment and transportation of personnel during the exploration and development phases of oil fields, construction of the oil refinery and other activities in the Graben.
3.1.4   Albertine region roads
  • The Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project was approved and included in the Public Investment Plan with the aim to improve regional and local access to infrastructure, markets and skills development in the Albertine region
  • The contract for the upgrading of 100km of road between Kyenjojo and Kabwoya was signed with Shengli Engineering Construction Company of Shengli Oil Field
  • The supervision contract was signed with Comptran Engineering and Planning associates to run through November 2019 to cover the defects and liabilities period
  • The process for selection of the consultants to prepare the detailed designs and bidding documents for the small-scale infrastructure works in the targeted districts and towns commenced. However, the project has been affected by suspension of funding by the World Bank.
3.1.5 Other oil-related support infrastructure
  • Draft strategy and plan for the petrochemical and other energy based industries awaits input from the refinery Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies
3.1.6 Mineral Development for Strategic minerals
  • Six key minerals earmarked for exploitation within NDPII including; limestone/marble, copper/cobalt, phosphates, dimension stones and uranium
  • Government commenced on uranium exploration in Ndale, Fort Portal and Rusekere volcanic fields (Fort Portal west uranium anomaly) and Rare Earth Elements (REE) exploration at Makutu-Buwaya radiometric anomaly in Eastern Uganda. Three
  • Hundred Sixty-Seven (367) samples were collected and analyzed. Geological studies have confirmed an area of 160km2 in Kibito, Fortportal for further follow-up and detailed studies to establish the Uranium potential in the area.
  • New mineral targets of tourmaline, gold, wolfram, tin, columbite-tantalite, beryl, zinc, cobalt, nickel and chromium and potential of black sands that host heavy metals such as magnetite, ilmenite and rutile have been discovered from geological mapping and geochemical surveys done.
3.1.7 Development of Iron Ore and Steel Industry
  • Geological surveys revealed large deposits of iron ore that is required for the steel industry. (200 million tonnes reserves of hematite iron ore in south west Uganda and 60 million tonnes of magnetite iron ore in the south east)
  • The ground geological and geochemical mapping that were conducted resulted into new discoveries of iron ore resources in Nyakarambi, Kitunga, Kashambya Kitojo, Kobutare, Katagata in Rukiga County, Kabale District. The study has confirmed the Iron Ore Resources in the Rutenga Magnetic anomaly.
3.2 Energy 3.2.1 Karuma hydro power plant;
  • The construction of the dam and power station officially started on 12th August 2013 and is expected to be commissioned by 2018.
  • Construction is on-going and overall, 40% of the works have been completed.
  • In 2016, cracks were observed at a section of the dam component of the project that necessitated stoppage of works of concrete works at that particular section to allow investigations into the cause of the cracks and recommend appropriate repair methods. Investigations concluded that the cracks can be repaired and will not affect the integrity and performance of the dam  
  • Final product is a 20 m-high, 311.53 m-large RCC concrete gravity dam, coffer dams, power intake works and a surface power house (6x 100 MW)
3.2.2 Isimba hydro power plant;
  • In September 2013, the government of Uganda signed a contract for the construction of Isimba hydropower plant to generate 183 megawatts.
  • Construction works are progressing as expected. Resettlement Action Plan for both the dam area and the transmission line is on-going with progress at 83%. The overall construction works stand at 25%
  • Expected commissioning of project is August 2018
3.2.3 Industrial substations;  
3.2.4 Ayago hydro power plant;
  • The feasibility study for this project was accomplished and CGGC submitted a bridge financing proposal aimed at facilitating the Ayago project commence construction in the financial year 2016/17 which is being evaluated by Government.
3.2.5 Grid Extension in North-East, Central and Lira;
  • Construction is on-going for a number of transmission Lines and associated substations with commissioning expected during the FY 2016/17
3.2.6 Masaka-Mbarara Transmission Line;
  • Construction ongoing.
  • Project to be commissioned in 2018. The final product is approximately 135km, 220kV, Double Circuit Transmission Line, and the associated connection to Mbarara and Masaka 220kV Substations
3.2.7 Kabale-Mirama Transmission Line;
  • Transmission line has been prepared for implementation.
  • Project to be commissioned in 2019. Final product is construction of 76km 132kV Double circuit transmission Line from Mirama Hills to Kabale and Kabale 132/33kV substation
3.2.8 National Grid Extensions N/A
3.3 Transport 3.3.1 Standard Gauge Railway
  • Construction works to begin in September 2016.
  • Uganda and Kenya in November 2, 2016 signed a bilateral agreement for the seamless operation of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) between the two states.
  • Completed the marking of the right of way from Malaba to Kampala.
  • Completed the Resettlement Action Plan (assessment and valuation) in all 11 districts along the Eastern Route from Malaba to Kampala. Compensated affected persons in Tororo (95%), Butaleja (fully), Namutumba (fully), Luuka (fully) and nearly 50% in Iganga where payments are still ongoing. The process towards compensation is ongoing in the other districts
3.3.2 The Entebbe Airport Rehabilitation
  • Work in progress. Expansion and upgrade of Entebbe International Airport was commission in August 2015. Government of China has extended financial support through a loan of US $200 million to be utilized for the upgrade and expansion works
  • Construction works under phase 1 are ongoing (Phase 1 entails the airport expansion that will include strengthening of the main Runway 17/35 and its associated Taxiways, expansion and strengthening of Aircraft parking aprons 1, 2 and 4 and rehabilitation of the old Runway 12/30 and its associated Taxiways.
  • Near end of phase 1 and start of phase 2. The first phase will end in 2018, the second phase will be implemented between 2019-2023 and the third phase between 2024-2034.
3.3.3 Kampala-Jinja highway
  • A tender for the Kampala – Jinja Expressway was put up by UNRA. The construction will be managed under Public-Private Partnership arrangements
  • Detailed designs for the project were completed
  • Procurement process for a contractor to build the highway commenced.
  • Near end of project (expected completion is November 2017)
  • Final product is a 77km expressway road of 4-8 lanes of mainline Expressway with a design speed of up to 120kph between Kampala and Jinja
3.3.4 Kibuye – Busega – Mpigi (33km)
  • Detailed designs for the project were completed
  • Procurement process for a contractor to build the highway commenced.
  • Construction works to begin.
  • The proposal is for a four lane, dual carriage highway connecting, Kampala, and Bombo, in Luweero District
3.3.5 Kampala Southern by-pass(18km)
  • Detailed designs for the project were completed
  • Procurement process for a contractor to build the highway commenced.
  • Near end of project (expected completion is November 2017)
  • Final product is an 18kmroad stretch that will start at Butabika, on the eastern outskirts of Kampala and connect the new Kampala- Jinja Expressway and Munyonyoat the new Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. It will have a design speed of up to 100 kph with 2by2 lanes for the entire 18km.
3.3.6 Kampala-Bombo Express highway(35km)
  • Design study ongoing; Design commenced in April 2015;
  • Inception report and Design Base Statement submitted and approved;
  • Draft Route Options Report has been submitted.
3.3.7 Upgrading of Kapchorwa-Suam Road (77km)
  • This project will be funded by AfDB as a regional project between Uganda and Kenya.
  • The revised feasibility study, detailed design, ESIA and RAP were submitted to AfDB for no objection.
  • Procurement of the contractor commenced in October 2015. Expressions of Interest applications for Consultancy Services for Design Review and Construction Supervision for Upgrading to Paved Standards were received on 30 June 2016 and are under review.
3.3.8 Kampala-Mpigi Expressway
  • This project is being appraised by AfDB for funding. AfDB has provided financing for civil works amounting to approx. US$140m for Busega to Mpigi road section
  • Detailed designs for the project were completed
  • Procurement process for a contractor to build the highway commenced.
3.3.9 Rwekunye-Apac-Lira-Kitgum-Musingo Road
  • Final Feasibility Study, Final Design Review Report and Draft Bidding Documents submission for Rwenkunye-Apa-Lira-Acholibur road and Geotechnical Investigation Report for Masindi Port Bridge submitted April 2016.
  • Loan for the project was submitted to Cabinet for approval 09 May 2016
3.3.10 Road Construction Equipment
  • In 2016, some equipment was purchased by UNRA in addition to quipment provided by the ministry of works and transport
4. Human Capital Development 4.1 Health 4.1.1 Renovation of 25 Selected General Hospitals
  • Major rehabilitation works started in 5 out of the 25 government-owned general hospitals including Masindi, Kiboga, Kapchorwa, Bugiri and Apac hospitals.
  • Under the Uganda-Spanish Debt Swap Grant, Kawolo hospital is to be refurbished and equipped
  • Project approved by binational committee for construction and refurbishment. Works commenced.
  • Rehabilitation works progressing at different stages.
4.1.2 Mass Treatment of Malaria for Prevention
  • National Malaria control Programme launched to provide quality assured services for Malaria prevention and treatment to all people in Uganda.
  • Government embarked on an indoor residual spraying campaign targeting 4.5 million people in 16 district in the east and north of the country.
  • Protection of at least 85 percent of the people at risk of malaria by 2017 guided by various interventions as highlighted within the Uganda Malaria Reduction
4.2 Education and Sports 4.2.1            Comprehensive Skills Development
  • Proposed Skills Development Project conceptualized, targeted at improving the regionally located technical colleges into centres of excellence.
  • Project agreement approved by Parliament and currently before Solicitor General for clearance.
4.3 Social Development 4.3.1  Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP)
  • On 11th Feb. Cabinet approved the UWEP implementation to start in Financial Year 2016/2017.
  • Cabinet approves programme and it is included in the Public Investment Plan and Medium Term Expenditure Framework with a Government commitment of 53 billion Ushs for each of the next three years starting, in July 2016, with FY2016/17 to FY 2018/19.
4.3.2 Youth livelihood Programme (YLP)
  • Phase I and II of implementation completed with all 112 districts covered and 5,507 youth groups financed.
  • 71,866 beneficiaries (45% female) engaged directly in self-employment and income generating activities.
  • UShs. 655 Million repaid by 649 groups by the end of the first year of access of funds by the groups.
  • 6970 projects have been funded to date. Beneficiaries have increased to 89,884.
  • A total of UGX. 2,541,541,835 has been repaid by 2,101 Youth Groups as at April 31, 2016.
4.4 Economic Management and Accountability 4.4.1 Strengthening Effective, Management and Accounting for the use of Public Resources (SEMMA)
  • Introduction of the Treasury Single Account led to efficient cash management through the closure of dormant bank accounts
  • Integrated Financial Management System rolled out countrywide
  • Public Financial Management Act (PFMA) passed.
  • PFMA regulations being finalised to enforce the Act.
4.4.2 Revitalization of UDC and Revitalization of UDB
  • UGX 5billion provided in Budget for recapitalization of UDB
  • UDC Bill 2014 passed by Parliament.
  • In November 2015, Government pledged to fund the UDB to the tune of USD $ 1Bn as opposed to the earlier announced UGX 500 Bn; UDC on-going projects include: Kalangala Infrastructure Services Project, Soroti Fruit factory Project, Luwero Fruit Project and Kiira Motors Project
4.5 ICT ICT National Backbone Project
  • 2nd phase of National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) project completed with 1400.734Km of Optical Fibre Cable laid connecting Busia, Tororo, Mbale, Malaba, Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Elegu, Masindi, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, Kasese, Bushenyi and Mbarara
  • By end of FY15/16, 3 border points had been connected, which is Malaba,Nimule and Busia. Two more were added in FY16/17 and they include; Katuna and mutukula making it Five (5) border points.
  • Under Phase III , all major towns and Government agencies within the country are to be connected and so far three (3) districts have been connected that is Masaka, Mbarara and  Kabale