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Logistics Infrastructure

The Uganda Ministry of Works and Transport formulates policies, plans, set standards, build capacity, carryout advocacy, regulate, monitor, and evaluate the works and transport sector in Uganda.

  • The Ministry also provides policy and strategic guidance to parastatal bodies under its supervision namely:
    • Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)
    • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
    • Uganda Railways Corporation (URC).
  • In regard to Uganda Road Fund (URF), the Ministry provides political and operational oversight in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development which is the parent Ministry.
  • The Ministry of Works and Transport is a cluster of priority sectors comprising public building works, railway, water, and air transport.
  • As of 2017, and according to the Uganda Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda had about 130,000 km of roads, with approximately 5,300 km paved roads that radiate from capital town of Kampala to bigger cities nationwide.


Fig 1. The planned Trans-African Highway from Lagos to Mombasa

The six countries of the East African Community (EAC) are currently in the process of constructing additional railway lines in the region:

  • Kenya had by 2018 completed the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi section of its Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
  • Uganda is planning to construct four additional SGR lines in total 1,547 km to link neighbouring countries including Kenya, Rwanda, DRC, and South Sudan.

Lake Victoria is the principal waterway with commercial traffic.

  • In conjunction with train services, the railway companies of Uganda and Tanzania operate train ferries on the lake between railhead ports of the two countries and Kenya.
  • These ferries load rail coaches and wagons to/from Jinja Pier and Port Bell and is connecting to Mwanza in Tanzania and Kisumu in Kenya: Transport in Uganda - Wikipedia

Uganda Road projects:

The Government is currently working nationwide with approximately 5,933 km road rehabilitation (gravel and tarmac).

Uganda Aviation projects:

Uganda is currently undertaking the development of Kabalega International Airport in Kabale/Hoima as well as the expansion of Entebbe airport.

  • With a prospect to finalize 3.500 m length runway, cargo terminal, airport rescue and firefighting building, mobile air traffic control tower, accommodation, access roads and parking space: Civil Aviation Authority – Uganda (

Uganda Railway projects:

The Ugandan Railways completed rehabilitation works for the warehouses and associated buildings at Port Bell Pier in 2019 and rehabilitation works and drainage improvement for the railway line between Malaba to Gulu and Kampala. Uganda Railway corporation | (

Uganda Waterways project:

The Multinational Lake Victoria Maritime Communications and Transport Project is to contribute to broad-based poverty alleviation and improvement of livelihoods of people through increased investment in maritime transport and fishing on Lake Victoria.

  • Specifically, the project will establish a maritime communications system for safety on Lake Victoria, including the implementation of a maritime safety coordination centre and search and rescue centres on the lake.
  • The main beneficiaries of the project are the populations sharing the Lake Victoria Basin as source of income and livelihood in surrounding countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi: Home (
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