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Uganda’s Parliament Considering New Law to Bolster Local Construction Companies Against Chinese Competition

The Ugandan parliament is considering a bill proposed by infrastructure minister Katumba Wamala that would provide sanctuary to local construction companies when bidding for smaller road contracts. Although China was not mentioned in the proposed legislation specifically, it's widely ...

Chinese Contractors Almost Finished With Upgrade and Expansion of Uganda’s Main International Airport

Five years after the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) began work on a $200 million upgrade and expansion of Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, project managers say the project is 75% complete. When completed the new cargo terminal will be able ...

Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Slow But More Deliveries Going to Sub-Saharan Countries

China shipped just a million doses of COVID vaccines last week to countries in Africa, according to the latest data from Bridge Consulting's Vaccine Tracker Report, a sizable drop from the usual 2-3 million jabs that go to countries across the continent. It's not ...

CCP Quietly Bolsters Ties With Africa’s Ruling Parties

The Secretary of Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement Party, Richard Todwong, took part in a seminar on Saturday organized by the Chinese Communist Party that is part of a broader effort by the CCP to further strengthen its ties with ruling parties across the continent.

China’s Ambassador to Uganda Wants to Show a Different Side of Chinese Labor Relations in Africa

China's recently-arrived ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, travelled to the central city of Kapeeka on Sunday to visit factories in the Liaoshen Industrial Park in what appears to be an effort, in part, to convey an alternative narrative to the one that's become popular ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Lag Far Behind Asia and Latin America

China shipped just 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines last week, according to the latest data from the Bridge Beijing Vaccine Tracker Report, highlighting how the continent is falling behind other regions like Latin America and Asia in terms of vaccine shipments. ...

Chinese Beverage Brand Gante Thinks African Basketball Fans Will Want to Buy Its “Hundred Year Old” Bottled Water

Uganda upset Nigeria on Wednesday to move on to the quarterfinals of the AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Kigali... equally interesting, though, at the game were ads for the Chinese beverage brand Ganten and its 百岁山 (Hundred Year Old) bottled water brand that were on ...

Uganda Set to Receive More Chinese COVID Vaccines

Chinese ambassador Zhang Lizhong and Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo announced on Friday that China would provide a second shipment of 300,000 vaccines. It's not clear from the announcement if the vaccines will be sold or donated. The first batch delivered in July was delivered ...

Chinese Businesses in Uganda Set Up Database of Bad Former Employees

If you're a Chinese business operator in Uganda and have had employees who've cheated, stole from your business, or caused property damage, you can email safelyxikun@gmail.com to have their name added to a new database of bad employees that's accessible by other Chinese companies in the country.

Chinese Diplomats in Africa May Be Signaling They’re Paying Closer Attention to Local Labor Issues

China's newly arrived ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, (pictured far left foreground) conducted a site inspection on Saturday at the Entebbe International Airport, which is currently being expanded by Chinese contractors. The visit itself was an unremarkable public diplomacy event. But ...
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