By Charles Katabalwa
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaijja has signed an agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) worth UGX 6.2billions to undertake feasibility studies for number of identified small hydro power generation sites in the country.
Addressing journalists after the signing ceremony at the Ministry, Kasaijja says this is going to help in reducing the electricity tariffs once the projects go as they have planned.
According to sources, the project is part of government’s initiative of pushing Uganda to the middle income status by 2020.
Kasaijja says it’s also going to ensure access to electricity to the remote and poorer communities since the study is going to be carried out in remote areas of Yumbe, Kabale and some parts of west Nile among others.
He further says that it will also improve electricity supply as well as improving the peoples’ livelihoods.
Meanwhile, the French Ambassador in Uganda Stephanie Rivoal has applauds Ugandan government over helping its people in improving their livelihood.