Uganda: Parliament Approves $331 Million Loan for Electricity Access

Parliament has approved a government request to borrow up to $331.5 million from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association, after which it will receive a $276.5 million grant.

The loan will fund the Electricity Access Scale Up Project (EASP), which aims to improve access to electricity nationwide.


While presenting a loan application to Parliament, Minister of State for Planning Hon. Amos Lugoloobi said the EASP plans to increase access to electricity from the current 19 percent to 44 percent by 2027.

“The project forecasts an increase in the number of connections per year from the current average of 70,000 to 300,000 connections,” says Lugoloobi.

This happened during the Tuesday 22 November 2022 Plenary Session chaired by Speaker Anita Among.


Lugoloobi added that the loan aims to increase the share of clean energy used in cooking from 15 percent to 40 percent by 2027.

He said the project will be fair as it will count disadvantaged communities among its beneficiaries. “The project will benefit households, businesses, industrial parks and public institutions. It will support refugees and host communities, as well as women,” Lugoloobi said.

He further explained that the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC) will be the main partners to implement the project.