President Yoweri Museveni yesterday February 26 hosted Hussain bin Jassim Al-Nowais, Special Envoy of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for a courtesy visit at State House Entebbe.
Jassim Al-Nowais, who is also the Chairman of AMEA Power group, came to agreement with President Museveni, to build solar and wind power generation plants in West Nile and Karamoja Sub-Regions respectively.
During the meeting, it was revealed that the West Nile Region will benefit from the establishment of a 10-Mega Watt solar power plant and another 10 Mega Watt wind powered plant while Karamoja will have an 80 Mega Watt solar power plant and a 120 Mega Watt wind driven power plant.
President Museveni observed that the power investment plants are such big projects into which the investor is ready to pour financial resources that should be embraced without hesitation.
“On matters concerning power generation, there should not be time to waste,” said the President.
The investment opportunities projects especially that of West Nile, Jassim Al-Nowais said, will be ready before January 2021.
He also stated that the United Arab Emirates has more strategic interests to invest in Uganda with the aim of building and strengthening cooperation and development agencies in Uganda.
This, he said, targets creating jobs for the youth and empowering the people economically through the establishment of micro-finance businesses in the country.
The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kuteesa and Energy State Minister, Simon D’Ujanga among others.