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Uganda to Become the Latest African Country to Receive Vaccines From China

Staff from the Ugandan embassy in Beijing conducted a final inspection of a shipment of 300,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that will arrive in Kampala on Saturday. This is among the first vaccine deliveries from China to Uganda ...

China’s New Ambassador to Uganda is Making the Rounds

China's new envoy to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, isn't wasting any time becoming acquainted with local stakeholders in Uganda. Just one day after he presented his credentials to President Yoweri Museveni, the new ambassador met with the head of the state-run (and ...

Beijing’s New Man in Kampala

China's newly-appointed ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, presented his credentials on Wednesday to Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo. During the brief ceremony, Zhang also gave Odongo a copy of the 668 page "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Volume Three."

Namibia Runs Out of Vaccines Just as the Third Wave Hits

Nowhere in Africa is the virus spreading faster today than in Namibia, where the government is running out of vaccines just as infections are spiking. With just 0.8% of the population inoculated, public health authorities have halted inoculations and is using what remains of its supply of ...

Uganda Wants to Make It Big in China’s Booming Coffee Market

Uganda, like many African countries, suffers from an enormous trade deficit with China. Last year, according to UN figures, Uganda exported just $40 million worth of goods to China but imported more than $1.3 billion in return. The government in Kampala ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Uganda Announces Breakthrough Deal to Link Its Railway With Kenya’s SGR

The Ugandan government on Monday signed a $46 million (Sh5 billion) deal with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to revamp a 260-kilometer railway that will connect to Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway, making it possible for goods and passengers to travel directly from Kampala ...

The Chinese Embassy in Uganda Engages in Some Unusual Social Media Marketing

If you happen to know your Communist Chinese history, specifically how long the "War to Resist the U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea lasted for" then you could win a prize from the Chinese embassy in Uganda.

Uganda Scrambles to Find Investors For Stalled Industrial Park Project After Chinese Partners Drop Out

The fate of the Masaka Industrial Park in southwest Uganda is now in question after Chinese investors, including the provincial government of Sichuan, pulled out of the project. The Chinese side withdrew after they failed to persuade their Ugandan partners to structure the deal as a joint ...

Can Ugandan Coffee Be the Next “Coffee Success” Story in China?

Like many Ugandans, coffee has always been a huge part of my life. My earliest memories are of helping my parents tend their small coffee garden in the rural village of Kishabya, Sheema district in south-western Uganda. Hilly with rich fertile soils and a tropical rainy season, ...

Between the Cut in Chinese Lending and COVID, 2020 Was a Tough Year for East Africa’s Infrastructure Development

The financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with a curtailment in Chinese lending contributed to a 35% drop in the number of infrastructure construction projects in East Africa, and a 47% plunge in the value of those projects, according to Deloitte's ...
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