The Minister of State for Works and Transport Gen Katumba Wamala has called upon Ugandans to take up investment in water transport.
Gen Katumba said Thursday that no economy can grow without infrastructure, and added that water transport in Uganda is still largely untapped.
“We are calling for public private partnerships or even individuals to invest in water transport. I am happy that there is a group called Vanessa. Though it is small, it has started plying between Entebbe and Kalangala but that is not enough. We need many more vessels,” he said
Katumba further said that Uganda has many lakes that link up to other countries but have not been well used yet water transport is cheaper than road and air.
On people who have attempted to invest in water transport but failed to get licensed, Katumba said their vessels didn’t meet the standards.
“Much as we want the investment, the vessels must qualify” he added
The minister reiterated government’s commitment to invest in the water transport sector including plans of connecting Mwanza in Tanzania to Port Bell in Luzira and also building a port in Bukasa
This he said will boost tourism in Uganda in addition to easy transportation of goods and services, and also boost trade between neighboring countries.
“I was discussing with the Congolese Minister of foreign affairs. Now that there is semblance of silence in Congo; we should be thinking of building a road from Mpondwe to reach kisangani because it will make a very big impact in terms of trade”