JAPAN has given a grant of $6m (about sh10.3b) for construction of 33Kv power distribution lines and replacement of 33Kv switch gears in rural areas,
â€œWe appreciate that the Government has been making impressive efforts for the rural areas through the rural electrification plan,â€ Japanâ€™s ambassador Ryuzo Kikuchi said.
â€œHowever, the rural electrification rate still remains at only 4% in comparison with the urban rate of 20%. More efforts are needed,â€ he said.
Kikuchi and finance minister, Dr. Ezra Suruma, signed the agreement for the grant in Kampala.
The $6m will be used for sub-stations in Kagadi, Munteme in Hoima and Kibaale districts and Bukakata in Masaka.
The ambassador said the next phase of the project would be implemented next year.
Japan gives sh10b for rural power projects