Amb Crispus Kiyonga has presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Uganda to China.
During the ceremony that took place recently at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping welcomed Amb. Kiyonga to China and conveyed “sincere greetings” to President Museveni.
He noted the relationship between the two countries has “grown from strength to strength” and will continue to make “further progress” with the contribution of Amb Kiyonga.
A close ally and confidant of President Museveni, Kiyonga served in top positions in Uganda including Health and Defence Minister before being appointed Ambassador to China.
President Xi Jinping observed that the appointment of Amb. Kiyonga, who is a senior and experienced person, demonstrated the importance President Museveni and the Government of Uganda attach to the relationship with China.
The President pledged that his Government would give Amb. Kiyonga every help to ensure success of his mission.
Amb Kiyonga conveyed warm greetings from President Museveni.
Officials told ChimpReports that Kiyonga spoke positively of the bilateral relations, adding that Uganda had benefited from the partnership with China.
Kiyonga indicated the infrastructure of Uganda was modernizing quite fast with financial assistance from China.
He further expressed the desire of Uganda to advance the relationship between the two countries to a strategic level as well as linking FOCAC (Forum for China Africa Cooperation) plans to the national development plans and vision 2040 of Uganda.
President Xi Jinping welcomed efforts that build on existing China-Africa cooperation to deliver more benefits and boost bilateral ties.
China contributes the largest foreign direct investment to Uganda now standing at $3.07b.
Government says this is what is likely to propel Uganda to middle income status.
Amb. Kiyonga arrived in Beijing, China on 20 August 2017 to assume his duties as Head of Mission.
He was accompanied at the ceremony by his spouse, Mrs Alice Kiyonga.
Other Uganda Embassy officials at the ceremony included Mr Nelson Kasigaire, First Secretary and Ms Laura Kahuga, Third Secretary at the Embassy of Uganda.