In China, Ugandan Diplomats Push for Railway, Industrial Parks Financing

A top Ugandan diplomat has met with high ranking Chinese officials on developing commercial projects in Uganda.

ChimpReports understands the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Patrick Mugoya a few days ago held meetings with Mr Zhang Ming, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr Lin Songtian, Director General of the Department of African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China.

According to a statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the delegations exchanged views on bilateral relations, the political and security situation in the region and other topics of common interest.

Both sides agreed to actively “advance cooperation in the development of infrastructure especially the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, industrial parks, agriculture as well as rolling out preferential policies to attract additional investments from Chinese enterprises.”

The development of the SGR will result in efficiency and reduction of transportation costs for the benefit of business people in the region.

Government of Uganda is negotiating with Exim Bank of China for the financing of Malaba-Kampala SGR.

The Bank has since emphasised the need for joint development of the SGR together with the government of Kenya to achieve viability, in particular the synchronization of the construction timelines of Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba in Kenya and Malaba-Kampala in Uganda.

The PS was accompanied by Amb. Arthur Kafeero (Ag. Director), Amb. Phillip Odida, (Head Asia & Pacific Department), Amb. Henry Mayega, Charge d’affaires.a.i and officials of the Embassy

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