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The Chinese Delegation of Governors and Mayors was led by Xia Geng the Vice Governor of Shandong Province in China.
Mr. Mbabazi said China and Uganda have had a very rich relationship over the last 51 years especially since 1986 when the NRM Government came to power.
The Premier who was flanked by the Minister of local Government Adolf Mwesige singled out Defence and Infrastructure development as some of the areas Uganda has benefited most from this relationship.
Mbabazi said Uganda like other African countries is confident that China will support their efforts in the exploitation of the abundant resources for the transformation of the Continent.
“My job is to invite you to come and consolidate the excellent relationship we have by investing here,” the Premier said.
He said the country is focused on the production of more energy and is grateful for the support from China, adding that many Chinese investors are already in the gas and oil industry.
The Premier invited the people of China to make Uganda a tourist destination to experience the beauty of this country.
Xia Geng on behalf of the delegation said this visit will surely further the relationship between the two countries, adding that many Chinese companies are willing to invest in Uganda especially in the area of infrastructure development.
Governor Geng asked Government to double efforts in the improvement of infrastructure which is a prerequisite for more tourism activity in the country.
He also hailed the strong relationship that exists between the local Governments of China and Uganda.
The China East African dialogue which attracted this delegation to Uganda aims at stimulating local economic development within the East African community through increased business promotion, cooperation and development with the Chinese counterparts.