Kampala, Uganda becomes 462 city to be covered by Uber taxis

Uganda has today joined Uber’s growing African network. With the launch of Uber, the innovative technology platform, Kampala joins the list of smart transportation hubs in Africa. Following the success of Uber in many other growing cities, Uber has today launched its ride-sharing platform in Kampala.

(TOP: Alon Lits, Uber GM, Sub-Saharan Africa; Loic Amado, Head Of Expansion, Sub-Saharan Africa; Bertrand Nembot Launcher and some of the first driver-partners in Kampala).

Uber provides a platform to connect drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. Whether one is going to work or going out with friends, Uber provides an affordable, safe and reliable way to get across the city. Kampala is a growing city in the heart of Uganda, a country with a fast-growing economy. The World Bank forecasts that the Ugandan economy is growing at a positive and upward trajectory. This is owing to targeting development of Uganda’s infrastructure and intensified investment in the private sector. The World Bank also notes that Uganda is one of the world’s youngest populations, with 700,000 new people entering the workforce each year. With its people, energy, innovation, entrepreneurial and rapidly growing economy, Kampala is an exciting place for Uber to bring its services.

Alon Lits, GM for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa says, “We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Kampala, a world-class African city. We are inspired by the city’s rapidly developing infrastructure and spirit of entrepreneurship and look forward to giving people in the city an affordable, easy and flexible choice to move around the city safely and reliably.”

“At Uber, we are proud to connect millions of global citizens every to affordable and reliable rides. By offering a friendly and reliable complement to existing transport options, we can help improve urban mobility in Kampala. We are mindful of the city’s current traffic congestion, and we aim to be part of the solution in improving it, while creating new, fruitful opportunities for drivers. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the strain on the city’s roads, and minimise the environmental impact of traffic congestion that is part of a growing economy.”

Lits adds, “Uber is part of a broader evolution in transportation. It is a new and exciting platform that is changing the way we travel and shaping the future of cities across the world. Kampala is a progressive, forward-thinking city that is ready for safe, reliable and efficient transportation and we are so excited to be launching here.”

To celebrate Uber’s launch in Kampala, Uber is providing free rides for all Ugandans in Kampala. Free rides can be accessed on the Uber app between 1pm Thursday 2 June 2016, and midnight on Sunday 5 June 2016.

Uber is a technology company that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button, and currently available in 462 cities across 71 countries.