The Ministry Permanent Secretary Amb. Patrick Mugoya received a delegation from the Service Office for Foreign Establishments in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou in the People’s Republic of China.
The delegation, which was led by the Deputy Director General of the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office Mr. Yu Weihua, visited the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities on 14th June 2016 to discuss opportunities for cooperation between Guangzhou and Uganda. Guangzhou Province is one of the major hubs for tourism, trade and investment opportunities with Africa.
Amb. Mugoya highlighted the good relationship between Uganda and China, and welcomed further engagement regarding tourism.
“Uganda can benefit from China’s rich history and culture through cultural exchange programmes and opportunities,” he said.
Mr. Weihua expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet with the Ugandan authorities on tourism. He stated that it was the first time for the delegation to visit Uganda, and they were all impressed with the beauty of Uganda and the hospitality of the people.
“We were invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage Ugandan authorities on construction of infrastructure, economics, trade, tourism and cultural heritage,” explained Mr. Weihua, adding that a deep mutual trust already exists between the high-level officials of Uganda and China.
Mr. Weihua also formally extended an invitation to the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Permanent Secretary and senior officials to the Investing in Africa Forum scheduled for September 2016 in Guangzhou.
The China delegation has been in Uganda since 13th June 2016, and has held discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, and the Uganda Investment Authority. The officials have also visited the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC).