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Reception to mark 69th Chinese National Day

By Taddeo Bwambale

Added 26th September 2018 10:47 AM

Several heads of missions, diplomats, government officials and representatives of the business community and the Chinese community in Uganda, attended the evening reception.

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Several heads of missions, diplomats, government officials and representatives of the business community and the Chinese community in Uganda, attended the evening reception.

PIC: Chinese ambassador to Uganda Zheng ZhuQiang toasts with Ugandan vice-president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi at the function. (Credit: Miriam Namutebi)

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KAMPALA - The Chinese Embassy in Uganda on Tuesday held a reception in Kampala to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The event celebrates the start of a new China on October 1, 1949, following the victory of the Communist Party of China (CPC), led at the time by Mao Zedong.

The reception was held at Serena Hotel in Kampala and involved colourful performances by a cast of Ugandan and Chinese performers.

China has always considered Uganda a key cooperation partner in Africa. The development strategies of our two countries are compatible and present each other with important opportunities,” China’s Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang told the guests at the reception.

Several heads of missions, diplomats, government officials and representatives of the business community and the Chinese community in Uganda, attended the evening reception.

The function was well attended by diplomats and Ugandan and Chinese business community


The Vice President, Dr Edward Ssekandi, who was chief guest at the event said the two countries enjoy good diplomatic relations and said their friendship has matured into brotherhood.

“China is a key player in our roads, including the Kampala-Expressway; energy, industrial development and socio-economic spheres,” Ssekandi stated.

At the start of the month, China hosted African leaders in Beijing for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit and offered $60b in funding for development projects in Africa.

President Yoweri Museveni later met Chinese President, Xi Jinping and signed memoranda of understanding in which China offered up to $270m to Uganda for several development projects.

China is currently Uganda’s largest source of foreign investment and second largest trading partner. By the end of 2017, total investment by Chinese firms in Uganda were valued at $4.2b (sh15 trillion).

Trade volumes exceeding $850m (sh3.2b) in 2017. Ssekandi said Uganda was eager to open up more areas of cooperation with China on development.

The evening reception featured performances of music, dance and martial arts.

 There were plenty of performances on the night . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was room for interaction to pay tribute to the founding of the People's Republic of China

 

 

There was a wide range of beautiful outfit on show

 

 

 

 

 

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