COWI, an engineering, environmental science and economics consulting group based in Denmark, has won a contract from the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport to help develop a new national transport master plan.
The objective is to promote better strategic transportation planning and provide recommendations on investment priorities and measures needed to support economic growth and the living conditions of citizens, said the Danish firm.
Even though the Ugandan government has already invested in new infrastructure, mainly roads, to accelerate the socio-economic development of the country, there is a lot more needed to enable continuous and sustainable progress of all transport modes.
A new national transport master plan is now being prepared to meet the need.
COWI project director Karsten Sten Pedersen said: “The plan will provide guidance to where and how the country’s transport infrastructure and services covering roads, railways, inland waterways and air transport should develop from 2021 – 2040.
“Purpose is to facilitate further economic growth and improve living conditions of citizens.”
The new master plan will also analyse the need for public transport and promote the best way to increase mobility and a more sustainable transport sector.
This is mainly relevant to the Greater Kampala area, which is characterised by congestion and inefficient transit service provision, poor regulation and dominance of low-capacity systems such as minibus taxis and motorcycles.
Pedersen said: “Promoting more sustainable solutions to the traffic challenges facing the country will be in focus in line with Vision 2040 and the Sustainable Development Goals, also signed by the Ugandan government.
“This is highly needed, not least to avoid the deterioration of transport assets.”
The plan will also focus on follow-up mechanisms to ensure a successful implementation rate.
Pedersen said: “Obviously, funding is an important aspect of transport investments, but in developing countries the biggest challenge is often inadequate institutional capacity.
“Planning without clear processes, effective systems and implementation capacity will inevitably lead to underachievement.
“To support our client and the Ugandan society as much as possible, we will seek to integrate relevant measures in the plan, which can help mitigate those risks.”
The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and COWI will provide overall project management on behalf of the COWI-WYG-Gauff joint venture.
Image: COWI to develop transport master plan for Uganda. Photo: Courtesy of COWI A/S.