Hon. Sam Kutesa and H.E. Wang Yi during Bilateral talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China H.E. Wang Yi made an official visit to Uganda from 10-11th August 2016. The visit was his first to the Pearl of Africa.
He was welcomed by Hon. Sam Kutesa to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the two held bilateral talks. Hon. Kutesa extended condolences to the Government and people of China on the death of two Chinese peacekeepers who were killed in Juba as a result of the fighting that erupted on 8 July, 2016. Hon Kutesa commented that the visit signaled the excellent and ever growing relations between the two countries.
Hon Kutesa emphasized the appreciation of the Government of Uganda for the continued support and economic cooperation from China towards Uganda's strategic sectors. Citing several Chinese funded and supported projects like the Karuma and Isimba dams; Entebbe Express Highway; National Backbone and e-Government Infrastructure Phase III; and Expansion of Entebbe Airport Hon Kutesa stated that the Government of Uganda had prioritized energy, infrastructure and ICT to spur the country's growth and transformation.
H.E. Yi stated that that they shared Uganda's view that infrastructure development and connectivity were key to the economic growth of Uganda particularly initiatives like the Norther Northern Corridor Integration Corridors. He stated that opening up of the region; particularly through the Standard Gauge Railway was a top priority to ensure reduced transport costs. It would also boost trade in the region. The two Ministers recalled other important projects including Support for Vocational Equipment and Enhancing Project; Construction of road interchanges between Kibuye and Busega; Support for Customs Modernization Project; and Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Kampala City Roads.
The Chinese Foreign Minister recalled the FOCAC Summit in Johannesburg stating that it provided a fresh impetus for the development of industrial parks, an issue of great importance to Uganda. Hon Kutesa said that these planned parks were a crucial element for stimulating production and exports.
The two Ministers also took the opportunity to discuss Regional issues, particularly the security situation in South Sudan, Burundi and the DRC. H.E. Yi stated that the stability of East Africa is a priority area for China.
With regard to International Development both Ministers agreed that at the onset of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, they would re-affirm the shared view that implementation of these key global agendas would be guided by the principle of "common but differentiated responsibility" given the special responsibility of special countries to provide the bulk of the means of implementation i.e. financial resources, capacity building and technology transfer.
The guests were hosted to an official luncheon and they also paid a courtesy call on H.E. President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe prior to departure.