Parliament Strengthens Ties With China


sales geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Speaker of Parliament, ambulance Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, order and H.E Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China signed the Memorandum on behalf of their respective institutions at a ceremony held at Parliament Building on Monday.

The Speaker was delighted to host Mr. Zhang and his delegation and hailed the relationship between Uganda and China, which dates back to the country’s independence in 1962.

She thanked the Chinese government for its support in the construction sector which projects include the Karuma – Kayago power dam project, the Kampala – Entebbe Highway, Naguru hospital, Mandela National Stadium and the newly opened President’s Office Block adjacent to Parliament.

“We look forward to strengthening the Parliament of Uganda – China Parliamentary Friendship Association. Members of Parliament are enthusiastic about the Association and have already set up an interim leadership,” she said.

The Speaker assured the delegation that the existing legal framework including the Companies Act, Anti Money Laundering Bill and others, as well as the Commercial Division of the High Court can ably handle disputes arising in business.

She was also excited about training opportunities promised by the NPC Chairperson, which she said would be appropriate to new MPs.

H.E. Zhang congratulated Hon. Kadaga upon her recent election as Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians – International and said he would encourage the National People’s Congress to set up a parliamentary association upon returning home.

He said Uganda and China had a deep mutual trust and pledged support to Uganda playing a bigger role in Africa. He also promised an increase in China’s trade and investment in the country, saying that Uganda’s population, size and natural resources were a great potential for that venture.

In the Memorandum, which will remain in force for an indefinite period, the Parliament of Uganda and the National People’s Congress undertook to promote “social cohesion, solidarity and on the widest possible participation of their people in the creation of prosperity.”

They also agreed to promote “expansion of economic relations and integration between the two countries.”

In addition, the parties undertook to collaborate in regional and international inter parliamentary fora with a view to serving their best interests.

They also agreed to promote technological innovation, science and ICT development and work together in developing e-Parliament.

The meeting was attended by the Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane L. Kibirige, Parliament Commissioners, selected Committee Chairpersons and members of the Board of Management of Parliament.

The Speaker later hosted H.E Zhang Dejiang and his delegation to a banquet at Kampala Serena Hotel.

H.E Zhang Dejiang is scheduled to meet the President, H.E Yoweri Museveni and the Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi on Tuesday, 17 September 2013.


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