HE. Zheng Zhuquiang the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, has officially handed over 70 vehicles to the government of Uganda. The fleet of 70 vehicles that had been shipped into Uganda for the G77 summit in October 2019, were handed over during a function that was held on Wednesday at the ministry of works and transport offices in Kampala.
The vehicles were received by Uganda’s minister of foreign affairs Sam Kutesa and Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala the minister for transport and works. The vehicles that were shipped into the country in October 2019, were meant to transport delegates among other dignitaries who had been invited for the third G77 summit.
Minister Kutesa lauded China’s continued support and cooperation with Uganda, saying the relations between Uganda and China are growing from strength to strength. “Regrettably, the summit which was scheduled to take place in April 2020, was rescheduled at a later date due to the outbreak of Covid19 pandemic.” noted minister Kutesa.
He however, expressed optimism that Uganda will host the summit as soon as conditions can allow. “At times, we have been getting overwhelmed by the number of delegates, and we end up asking different ministries to avail whatever vehicles they have,” intimated minister Kutesa.
According to ambassador Zheng, the fleet of vehicles and a set of conference accreditation and detection systems cost US$5m (over Sh18b). He noted that the donation, was one of the many significant projects that China and Uganda have undertaken. The ambassador assured China’s continued support to Uganda for hosting more global events such as the third South Summit for enhancing international cooperation and development among developing countries.
Meanwhile, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala the minister for works and transport said, his ministry has been the most beneficially of China-Uganda relationship because of several infrastructure in terms of roads and factories constructed by the Chinese in Uganda.
He promised to keep the vehicles in good moving conditions, saying they’ll be used to carry all state dignitaries who’ll have come to Uganda. Present during the handover ceremony was Joy Kabatsi the state minister for transport, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya the permanent secretary for ministry of foreign affairs, Waiswa Bageya the permanent secretary for ministry of works and transport among others.
About the G77 summit
The Group of 77 (G77) is the largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries in the United Nations, which provides the means for the countries of the south to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. More than 6,000 delegates from 136 member states were expected in Uganda last year, for the summit.