Climate summit: Uganda, UAE firms sign deals for mega solar energy plant, fertilizers

Uganda is already counting benefits from the UN climate summit happening in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted in Dubai (#COP28Dubai), the summit drew a number of representatives from Uganda, led by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.

So far, two deals have been signed with Refarm Group of Companies and Masdar, a UAE government company.

“The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda and a UAE Refarm Group of Companies at the ongoing #COP28UAE to manufacture fertilisers in Uganda,” Nabbanja’s office announced.

According to the PM, “The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Frank Tumwebaze signed the MoU on behalf of the Government of Uganda.”

The Prime Minister said this will increase access to fertilisers and agricultural productivity.

Uganda’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Zaake Kibedi and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) David Kasura-Kyomukama, witnessed the signing ceremony.

After the signing, Minister Tumwebaze said: “Climate smart agriculture involves appropriate use of precision farming enablers.”

“Access to quality and affordable fertilisers is one of the strategies of improving production and productivity in a sustainable manner,” the minister added.

Nabbanja’s office also announced that she had “witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda and Masdar, a United Arab Emirates Government company, in Dubai, to establish a 1000MW solar energy plant in Bulambuli district in eastern Uganda.”

The Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa, signed on behalf of Uganda. Mohammed Jamal Al Ramahi, the Masdar Chief Executive Officer, also witnessed the signing of the MoU.

Nabbanja said the construction of the solar power plant will increase access to electricity and contribute to socioeconomic development.

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