Donors Laud Progress on Infrastructure Development

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The development partners observe that investing in areas such as roads and electricity are an important stimulus to economic development. They were speaking in response to President Yoweri Museveni's State of the Nation Address.

Donors have lauded the progress made by Government in key sectors of the economy.

The development partners observe that investing in areas such as roads and electricity are an important stimulus to economic development. They were speaking in response to President Yoweri Museveni's State of the Nation Address.

In his address, President Museveni stated that Uganda currently has 1,627 kilometers of electricity lines, from 1,427 kilometers in 2006. Also, the budget for infrastructure has gone up to 3.3 billion Shillings, from 374 billion in 2006.

Wendy Swartz, the Political Counselor at the South African High Commission says these sectors should be prioritized if Ugandans are to benefit directly.
 
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Ambassador Zhao Yali, the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda says investment in the two sectors is a major driver for foreign investors to consider Uganda as a destination for investment.
 
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The Head of the European Union in Uganda, Kristian Schmidt lauded the President's speech, but said it was devoid of the push for electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 general elections.
 
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Parliament is currently scrutinizing the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2015. Several stakeholders, including the opposition and civil society which have been pressing for electoral reforms, have tabled their proposals before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.