The African Legal Support Facility completes a successful mission to Kampala, Uganda

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 28 March: From the 28 February to 05 March 2022, Ms. Shaina Salman, Legal Counsel and Mr. Mohamed Stevens, Legal Counsel represented the African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or “Facility”) on mission to Kampala, Uganda.

The ALSF mission to Kampala, Uganda, had two main objectives: meeting key government officials to follow up with on-going advisory and capacity building projects; and to discuss new requests and potential opportunities for additional assistance to the Government of Uganda.

Meetings were held with government officials to discuss the assistance being provided to the Government of Uganda relating to the Albertine Graben Refinery Project – a 60,000 barrel per day oil refinery in Kabaale, Buseruka Sub County in Hoima District. This project aligns with the Uganda National Oil and Gas Policy 2008 and national legislation aimed at refining oil discovered in the country to supply local and regional petroleum product demand before considering exportation to the wider market. And under the project agreements, the Uganda Refinery Holding Company Limited (URHC), a subsidiary of Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), will hold Uganda’s commercial interest on behalf of the State.

The private sector investor, Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (comprising: YAATRA Africa, Nuovo Pignone International SRL LionWorks Group Limited, and Saipem SPA) is investing more than USD 3 billion in the project which includes a  211 kilometer multi-product pipeline from Kabaale  to a distribution hub in Namwambula, Mpigi District. Other meetings with the government helped to clarify positions relating to on-going ALSF projects in Uganda.

Following the mission the Government of Uganda made additional requests to the Facility for advisory and capacity building services relating to the Jinja Expressway. The requests will be reviewed and considered by the Facility to determine the appropriate support to be provided to the Government of Uganda.

The ALSF delegation also held meetings was with the African Development Bank (AfDB) Country Manager, Mr. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, to update him on the Facility’s projects in Uganda.

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Established by the African Development Bank in 2008, the ALSF assists African governments in negotiating complex commercial transactions, providing legal and technical assistance and developing capacity building tools in the key sectors of infrastructure and public-private partnerships, energy, natural resources and extractive industries, as well as on sovereign debt and creditor disputes.


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