The Republic of Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa, with a population of 34.5 million people. It has one of the highest population growth rates in the world.

Development Minerals in Uganda


Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.

Development Minerals in Uganda

Employment creation in Uganda has come under the spotlight. Uganda has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world, with 53% of the population younger than 15 and about 0.5 million Ugandans entering the labor force annually. The mining and quarrying sector is projected to be a major driver of employment and GDP growth in the attainment of the country's Vision 2040; with the launching of large infrastructure and housing projects.

The launching of large infrastructure and housing projects is seen as one way to engage the new entrants into the labour force through the paving, rehabilitation and maintenance of the existing 30,000km of roads and the construction of more than 3,000km of new tarmac to link the neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, Uganda has a goal to construct 1.6 million housing units by the year 2020. Artisanal and small scale miners in Uganda supply commodities such as sand, gypsum, clay, granite, marble and aggregate for the construction and infrastructure sectors.

According to the small-scale miners who participated in the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme National Consultation Workshop in August 2016, the supply of construction materials and dimension stones is constrained by environmental, social and economic challenges and a fluid legal and regulatory environment. While calling for the provision of systematic extension services and structured capacity development opportunities, the miners expressed support for the recent decision to review the Minerals Policy and the Mining Act to better account for the Development Minerals sector.


East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.


West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.


Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.



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