By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
Uganda has joined a number of several other African countries participating in the Second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo from 26th to 28th September 2021.
The three day Expo is taking place in the Changsha City, central China’s Hunan Province is expected to have an estimate of 9000 attendees in a hybrid event that will have an online attendance as well.
The theme for the Expo is “New Start, New Opportunities, New Accomplishment” Uganda together with several African countries will have an opportunity to showcase Information on their investment environment, trade policies, key products and tourism to potential Chinese Investors, forge new business partnerships and joint ventures.
Hon. Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport will virtually deliver a key note address during the opening ceremony behalf of Government of the Republic of Uganda.
The Uganda Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate in Guangzhou is having an Exhibition stall to display a variety of Ugandan products to Chinese potential Investors and market its Tourism and Investment opportunities.
The biennial event is organized by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Hunan Provincial People’s Government.
The 1st China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jin Ping at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as platform for both sides to deepen Economic and Trade cooperation.
The first expo was held in June 2019. H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda participated and a total of ten (10) Agreements were signed in the fields of Energy, Mining, Trade and Investment Tourism, Agriculture, Infrastructural development to mention but a few.
The online audience will have access to the “Cloud Conferences” featuring live webcasts; 2D or 3D “Cloud Exhibitions” and “Cloud Transactions” that will enable visitors to make purchases through e-commerce. Goods worth 85 million yuan ($13.1 million) for export and around 100 kinds of African products for import are now available on Kilimall and KiliSelect, two e-commerce platforms. About 386 projects are expected to be booked via the Expo platform.