The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has said that since government established diplomatic relations with the people’s Republic of China, the country in benefited diversity in increased international trade in form of exports and imports, bilateral trade, cultural exchange, agricultural and industrial; modernisation making Uganda a key China ally in Africa.
The Vice President made the remarks during the opening of the China Fujian Association in Uganda at Serena Hotel in Kampala.
The Vice President said that the Uganda has direct linkages with over ten provinces out the twenty-eight in China which is 9.6 square Kms which comprises of over 1.5billion people which is a huge market to trade within the whole world.
He expressed optimism about the China Fujian Association will be a vehicle to attract more investors, tourists and administrators to interact with on a one-on-one basis in all sectors of the economy.
The State Minister for Trade and Industry, David Wakikona, said that effective and well organised business associations like the China-Fujian Association of Uganda work to enhance business opportunities for their members and provide a consolidated voice, policy decisions and quality communication which make cooperation very desirable and fruitful, adding that in just five years Uganda’s exports to China have increased by 117% and amounting to close to 60million dollars.
China’s ambassador to Ugandan Zhao Yali commended the efforts of the Vice President is strengthening relations of the China Uganda friendship Association since he assumed the chairmanship of the Forum of China Africa Local Government Cooperation.
He thanked government for the hospitality extended to Chinese nationals, which has enhanced sharing of a wide range of development avenues that China has gone through in its civilization over time.
The chairman of the Fujian Chamber of Commerce Uganda, Lin Liangtu announced a 200million shillings to aid in the education of orphaned police children as commencement of their corporate social responsibility in Uganda.