The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said the relations between Uganda and China are growing from strength to strength.

He said the two countries have cemented ties in the political, security, economic, trade, social, cultural and scientific fields.

PM Rugunda(R) hands over a gift to H.E Wang Yang during his official visit to Uganda at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday (Photo by PMPU)

The Premier made the remarks during His Excellency, Wang Yang’s visit to Uganda. Wang Yang was officially received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Thursday.

Later on, the Prime Minister led the Ugandan team and the delegates from China in bilateral talks at Serena Hotel, Kampala.

His Excellency, Wang Yang is the Chairman National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He is number four in the leadership hierarchy of the people’s Republic of China, and has also been one of the four Vice- Premiers of China in Premier Li-Keqiang’s government since 2013.

The Premier appreciated the important contribution and support China has continued to play in the transformation agenda of Uganda as it strives to achieve a middle income status by 2020, and its other aspirations outlined in Vision 2040.

He highlighted that Government is focused on reducing poverty by increasing the stock of strategic infrastructure in transport, ICT, energy, health and education.

PM Rugunda(R) shakes hands with H.E Wang Yang, the Chairman National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference during his official visit to Uganda on Thursday at OPM (Photo by PMPU)

Rugunda also noted that China has been Uganda’s biggest trading partner and highest contributor to foreign direct investment. He said China’s cooperation in critical areas which are enablers of economic growth and development is consistent with Uganda’s Vision 2040.

“Through our partnership, we are implementing a number of programs and projects including infrastructure projects such as the Karuma hydro power station, Isimba hydro power station, Entebbe International Airport, Kampala – Entebbe express highway and National backbone infrastructure projects. We also welcome the work we are doing jointly on the establishment of industrial parks,” Rugunda said.

He added that infrastructural projects implemented by China in Uganda will promote industrialization and structural transformation leading to increased trade between the two countries and poverty eradication.

Rugunda also applauded China for its role in maintaining regional peace and security.

“I commend China for the support that it has given in addressing some of the peace and security challenges in the Great Lakes Region and beyond. Uganda has also played an active role in these processes such as the stabilization efforts by AMISOM in Somalia, IGAD on the situation of South Sudan, ICGLR on DRC and the EAC on the situation in Burundi,” The Premier said.

The Premier thanked China for its massive contribution and support during the refugee summit that was hosted in Uganda in 2017. He pledged Uganda’s commitment to further deepen its relations with China.

The Chairman National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, His Excellency, Wang Yang, said he was in Uganda to strengthen the relationship between the Chinese’s People’s Political Consultative Conference and Uganda.

He applauded the government of Uganda for the economic transformation it has undertaken and pledged China’s continuous support in this regard.

“I congratulate Uganda over the economic development it has achieved so far over the past years. President Museveni and the Government of Uganda have actively addressed challenges and maintained political stability which has enabled the country to experience economic growth,” Wang said.

Bilateral Talks between Uganda and China Delegations during H.E Wang Yang’s visit to Uganda on Thursday at Serena Hotel Kampala (Photo by PMPU)

He said China is ready to work with Uganda in areas of economic development and cooperation through infrastructural development projects, industrial acceleration processes, Human resource capacity building and establishment of industrial parks among others.

Wang commended Uganda for playing an important role in the regional affairs and for being a good partner. He called for maintenance of timely communication and friendly cooperation between China and Uganda.

The bilateral talks were also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa, the Minister of Security, General Elly Tumwine, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempijja, the Secretary General of NRM, Kasule Lumumba and delegates from China among others.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BY DOREEN NASASIRA