This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 3/30/2019


Uganda’s infrastructure needs remain substantial.  With a 10 percent per annum growth rate in car ownership, Uganda’s road network is overburdened, leading to congestion around cities and crowding on highways.  Furthermore, Uganda’s roads are poorly maintained, making transportation costly and dangerous.  In addition to roads, Uganda faces an 8 million unit housing shortage according to the Uganda National Planning Authority.  With an estimated 300,000 housing units needed per year, commercial construction and residential construction in Uganda are booming.

The GOU allocated 32 percent of its 2018/2019 budget to road and energy infrastructure, by far the largest allocation of any sector.  Multilateral financial institutions and the donor community play the largest role financing these projects through concessional loans.  Uganda has no domestic production of the equipment needed to develop large-scale infrastructure projects.  Additionally, Uganda's growing industries and service providers badly need larger and more modern sites, such as industrial zones, in which to operate. 

Cement Production (metric tons)1,7802,0232,1412,3302,494
GOU Expenditure on construction and roads (million USD)2363603624202,040
Leading Sub-Sectors
Project Management:  Although construction remains a dominant sector within Uganda’s economy, projects are poorly managed.  The GOU’s lack of enforcement of anti-corruption laws has led to project delays and cost overruns on the largest infrastructure projects in Uganda.  (Construction of the Karuma and Isimba dams are years behind schedule and the dams are already showing signs of damage from the use of inferior building materials).  Uganda is in need of effective project management services.  Furthermore, U.S. firms are familiar with complying with environmental regulations and promoting corporate social responsibility projects.


The Uganda National Oil Company is seeking investors in the 30-square kilometer Kabaale Industrial Park, which will include the 60,000 barrel per day oil refinery, upstream crude oil export hub, and Uganda’s second international airport.  All of these projects will be developed as independent projects.  The GOU is looking for strategic partnerships with investors to offer managerial, technical, and financial services required for the development of Kabaale Industrial Park.  For more information please visit:

The Ministry of Works and Transportation also is seeking investors in the following construction projects:
  • $168 million upgrade of Kasese Airport from a code 2b to code 4c, fully equipped with a paved runway and necessary facilities.
  • Support for the East African Civil Aviation Academy with mobile lighting system for night training, runway reconstruction, and the construction of a 200-student dormitory.
  • Development of inland container depots at Jinja, Gulu, Pakwatch, and Kasese worth $25 million per site.
  • Public-Private-Partnership construction of the following national roads (with potential toll-roads):
    • Kampala - Jinja (77km)
    • Kibuye - Busega (6 km)
    • Kampala – Busunju (50 km)
    • Kampala – Bombo (30 km)
    • Kampala outer beltway (120 km)
    • Northern bypass (5 km)
    • Southern Bypass (18 km)
  • Construct suspension toll-bridge between Buwaya and Nakiwogo
  • Construction of One-Stop Border Posts at: Ishasha (to DRC); Lamia (to DRC); Yei (South Sudan); Goli (to South Sudan); and Musingo (to South Sudan)
  • Construction of Ministry of Works headquarters and workshops in Gulu, Mbarara, and Bugembe as well as reconstruction of the Central Mechanical Laboratory at Kireka
  • Public-private partnership for construction material (pre-fab concrete and asphalt) factories

Web Resources

Ministry of Works and Transport Bidding Opportunities
World Bank Projects in Uganda
African Development Bank
East African Development Bank

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