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SGR on Agenda as Museveni Visits China

President Museveni is expected to arrive in China today (Monday) on a four-day working visit on invitation of the Chinese state authorities.

On arrival, he will be received by Chinese government officials and eight African ambassadors who lead the key AU blocs in China (ECOWAS, EAC, SADC etc).

President Museveni will, as a special guest, officially open the Coordinators Meeting of the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing FOCAC Summit.

China last year hosted all African heads of state to a summit. This meeting of ministers tracks progress made since then. President Museveni will address it.

President Museveni will hold bilateral talks with his host, President Xi Xinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing.

The Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama said the two leaders will witness signing of six agreements between their countries.

It remains unclear if Uganda has made any tangible progress in processing a loan from China for the construction of the Standard gauge Railway (SGR).

In his state-of-the-nation address, President Museveni said Uganda remained committed to building the SGR.

Officials told ChimpReports a meeting on the same will be held later today but that government would first rehabilitate the old railway line.

Meanwhile, Wanyama said the the host will hold a dinner in honour of his guest.

President Museveni is also expected to visit Hunan Province, where he will be chief guest at the opening ceremony of the first ever China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo. Ugandan products will be on exhibition there.

Between these events, the President will hold several other meetings, largely with investors interested in bringing their resources to Uganda.

They range from the fields of energy, agriculture, infrastructure, oil and gas, security, among others.

More agreements will be signed in Hunan, bringing to over 10 the pacts that will be agreed to by the end of the visit.

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