Uganda to Import Coal, Gas From Tanzania for Steel Production

The Ugandan government plans to import coal from neighbouring Tanzania to support local production of iron and steel. The plan is contained in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) five-year re-election manifesto for 2021 - 2026 launched by President Yoweri Museveni on November 3, 2020. In the short term, working with the private sector, Uganda Railways Corporation will provide a dedicated ship to transport coal from Tanzania to Uganda to support local production of liquid steel. In the medium term, the government will develop the natural gas pipeline from Tanzania to Uganda, to support local production of liquid steel. The party, if reelected, also plans to explore the mineral potential in Busoga sub-region. According to the manifesto, the government plans to use local scientists to develop intergrated industries around every single mineral found in the Uganda.

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