Beijing reiterates commitment to cash and kind assistance to Uganda’s development.
Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Sun Heping, said his country’s assistance to Uganda’s infrastructure and oil industry development will continue.
Speaking to a Chinese news agency earlier this week, Heping said: “The Chinese government has attached great importance to the development of infrastructure in Africa, Uganda in particular, and made it one of the key areas of cooperation in the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.”
He added that the cooperation provided a platform for dialogue and for the implementation of several projects between China and the African nations covering areas such as infrastructure, education and health funded by grants and preferential loans.
Referring to the proposed Kampala-Entebbe highway project – a first for Uganda – Heping said governments in both countries were in close touch and progress to see the project become operational this year was satisfactory.
He said: “The project is currently in preparations stage and will get underway in 2011 if everything keeps at the current pace,” he said.
China will fund the highway project , expected to cost $350 million, through preferential loan. Once completed, the highway is expected to provide an alternative route linking the country’s capital and its international airport at Entebbe, about 40 kilometres south of Kampala.
Beijing also reiterated its committment to providing all assistance to Uganda in developing the country’s nascent oil industry.
Heping said: “China aims to assist Uganda build its own oil industry through participation in the production of oil products and assisting the country to attain its Millennium Development Goals before 2015 the Unites Nations’ target years.”
China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), one of China’s three major national oil companies, intends to partner with Total and Tullow in building an oil refinery in the western part of Uganda.
China’s continues its help in development and infrastructure building up in Africa. The Chinese are heavily investing throughout the continent. Their soft power plans are openly welcomed especially in countries that need that crucial infrastructure development assistance.