The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Zhuqiang on Wednesday handed over a fleet of 70 SUV motor vehicles donated by his government to Sam Kutesa, the minister of Foreign Affairs, who received them on behalf of the Ugandan government.
The handover ceremony was at the ministry of works and transport.
Minister Kutesa assured the ambassador that the East African country remains committed to deepening political, security, economic, social, cultural and scientific ties with China.
The vehicles are to be used in the 3rd G77 Summit, which has been organized to boost South-South cooperation including in the areas of trade, investment, sustainable development, climate change, poverty eradication, and digital economy.
It was meant to happen last year but was postponed due the Covid-19 pandemic. China also donated accreditation equipment, according to the foreign affairs ministry.
The ministry did not confirm a new date in a statement, but cited Kutesa saying that “Uganda will host this Summit in the not-too-distant future”.
Speaking at the event, Amb. Zheng reaffirmed that the Chinese government values the comprehensive cooperative partnership with Uganda, and is committed to its continuous support to our development agenda.
The Ambassador noted that this donation of vehicles and accreditation equipment is a sign of China’s goodwill and support to Uganda under China- China development cooperation framework.
Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Minister for Works and Transport -- thanked the Chinese government for the fleet of vehicles that was donated to Uganda and pledged to ensure efficient maintenance and management of these vehicles that are a significant addition to the Government fleet.