Uganda: Applauds China’s support in infrastructural dev’t

 

Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeje Odongo has welcomed continuous support from China to the east African country in infrastructural development.

He mentioned this while receiving the credentials of the new Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong.

 

The minister feels delighted about the relation with China, which he said is historical in nature and has moved to the level of Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership.

 

He said China had implemented several infrastructure projects like constructing power dams, roads, expanding the country’s Entebbe International Airport, and developing industrial parks. Odongo said the Standard Gauge Railway construction remains a priority project for Uganda.

 

The minister said Uganda desires to enhance connectivity and boost trade by introducing direct air flights from Uganda to China.

He said Uganda is committed to implementing the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and actively participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

Ambassador Zhang said China and Uganda continue to strengthen their ties in the political, security, economic, social, cultural, and scientific fields.

Zhang noted that the construction of several Chinese-financed infrastructural projects had been completed while others are still ongoing. He noted that the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway and the 183MW Isimba Hydro Power Plant were completed while the 600MW Karuma Hydro Power Plant construction is ongoing.

 

China is committed to supporting Uganda in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continuously, he said.

Since the outbreak of covid 19 in Uganda last year, China has supported the east African country with assorted medical supplies. China also gifted 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Uganda.

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