The Chinese Embassy in Uganda has donated 8 computers to the Uganda Wildlife Authority with the aim of helping them in their digitalization process.
The Deputy Ambassador of China to Uganda Chen Huixin handed over the computers to the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu at the Ministry offices headquarters.
According to Chen the computers are to boost UWA’s conservation efforts and are also a gesture of appreciation for the work they do in conserving Uganda’s wildlife and reserved areas.
“Protecting the environment and promoting eco system development is everyone’s business. In china we know the progress you have made in recovering of wildlife numbers and we appreciate your efforts,” He said.
On his part, Minister Ephraim Kamuntu thanked the Chinese Embassy for the donation and added that it will help UWA in its conservation efforts.
Kamuntu added that Uganda’s transforming agenda is largely being fueled by Chinese support and Uganda has learned a lot from China.
“Uganda looks to China for lessons to develop our own country. We need to learn and get out of poverty just like they did”.
He also asked UWA to embrace the use of modern technology such as drones and helicopters which can help in monitoring the parks and reserved areas.
“Uganda is exceptionally endowed with natural assets and they should be conserved and this can be done by training our staff, sensitize stakeholders and neighboring communities”.
Last year China trained UWA staff in Convention on International Trade in Endangered species management.