China’s fourth most powerful man, Wang Yang arrives in Uganda on Wednesday and is expected to commission the multi-million-dollar Entebbe Expressway during his three-day state visit.
The much-anticipated event will be presided over by president Museveni and will be graced by diplomats and high ranking government officials.
The Friday event will see the road officially opened up for use.
Picking loans from China, the Uganda government has recently invested heavily in the road infrastructure with the roads sector bagging the biggest chunk of the monies annually.
The heavy investment is expected to provide the much-needed good road infrastructure to spur economic growth.
Work on the Expressway started in 2012. The project was funded jointly by the Government of Uganda, a soft loan from the EXIM bank of China totaling US$470 million.
It is part of the measures to decongest the Kampala Central Business District and enhance trade movement through, within and out of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
The highway project comprises a four-lane 37-km express dual carriage and a 13-kilometer spur connection to Munyonyo from Lweza.
Wang Yang, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will hold talks with Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
Wang, who was one of the four Vice Premiers of China in Premier Li Keqiang’s Government between 2013 and 2018, will also visit Liaosheng Industrial Park Kapeeka.
ChimpReports understands the official will then visit the Network Cooperation Centre (Statistics House) before holding meetings with President Museveni and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
He also will take part in the Dragon Boat race at Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre on Saturday.