Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Chairperson Wang Yang on Friday (today) held talks with the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
Yang who arrived in the country on Wednesday is in the country for a three-day visit on the invitation of the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.
He is among other duties to launch the Entebbe Expressway alongside President Yoweri Museveni later today and hold bilateral talks with President Museveni and the Vice-President Edward Sekandi.
At his meeting with Kadaga at Parliament, Wang acknowledged Parliament’s efforts in maintaining close relations with the CPPCC, saying that China has over time enjoyed good cooperation with Uganda in all areas.
He said that the China-Uganda cooperation is a model and template of Africa-China cooperation.
“Uganda was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with China and ever since then, both countries have treated each other as equals, carried out friendly and sincere cooperation which has produced fruitful results,” Wang said.
Kadaga on her part applauded China for their renewed commitment in reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries, which she said puts Uganda at 90 per cent while China is at three percent.
“There will be a trade expo in China in November this year and the Chairman of CPPCC has assured us that companies from Uganda will be given special opportunity and priority,” Kadaga said.
The CPPCC is a political advisory body in China. The organization consists of delegates from a range of political parties and organizations as well as independent members.
Wang’s visit to Uganda is his first overseas trip after becoming the Chairman of the National Committee on CPPCC in March this year. The former CPPCC Chairman also visited Parliament during his tenure in office.
China is at the centre of construction of key infrastructure projects such like Entebbe Expressway and Isimba hydropower dam.
Chinese Government is also a leading source of funding for development in the country in addition to taking up major investments and projects worth billions in the country.
By the end of 2016, Chinese firms in Uganda were valued at $4.2b, an equivalent of almost sh15 trillion total investments.
The functions of the CPPCC however include conducting political consultation and democratic supervision as well as organizing member parties, organizations and people from various ethnic groups to discuss and manage state affairs.