Uganda will later this month be hosting two high level conferences on two partnership programs between the People’s Republic of China and mostly African nations.
Uganda, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, has been chosen to host the FAO-China South – South Cooperation Program and Triangular Cooperation conference, as well as the 2019 FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference.
The FAO-China South – South Cooperation Program Conference will be running from 25th to 27th while the FOFAC Conference will follow from 27th to 29th.
Both conferences will at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The South-South Cooperation conference in Entebbe coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the creation of the cooperation.
The ‘South-South Cooperation’ refers to exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries, also known as countries of the Global south.
Uganda through the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance have been implementing a South – South Cooperation Tripartite program with China and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the last ten years.
According to Agriculture Minister Hon Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja over the years, China has made significant contributions to Uganda’s Agricultural sector development including provision of project aid to Uganda in form of interest-free loans and grants.
“Notable ones include the China-Uganda South-South Cooperation Project now in its 3rd phase, the Kibimba and Doho rice schemes, Wakawaka Fish landing site, Kajjansi Aquaculture Training Centre, Hydropower Stations and Road Construction. Trade has included leather, coffee, fish and food products among others,” the minister says.
“The China Uganda South to South Cooperation Project (SSCP) remains a major pillar in the bilateral relationship between China and Uganda and continues to be the leading channel through which large Chinese agricultural investments are attracted to Uganda including establishment of high value agro-industrial parks in various parts of the country.”
The FOCAC Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference on the other hand was initiated in 2010 to respond to the concerns of Africans to share the Chinese poverty reduction and development experiences.
The FAO-China SSC partnership is scheduled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the FAO – China SSC Program to which Uganda has been a flagship beneficiary.
The event will seek to highlight pathways forward to advance the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.
Minister Ssempijja says both conferences are crucially important for Uganda
“The one week brainstorming and experience sharing gathering will form a consensus of the future of agriculture in promoting agro-industrialization and value addition for increased income, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction in Uganda,” he said.
“The brainstorming and experience sharing will also inform the future of the Cooperation with China.”
Minister Bamulangaki says the functions will attract over 200 high level international delegates from over 40 countries, 20 Honorable Ministers of Agriculture from the various SSC participating countries and over 150 national participants.