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Uganda Consulate in Guangzhou to Explore Investment Opportunities in the China Textile and Apparel Sector

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda and the Ugandan Consulate in Guangzhou, in conjunction with members of Guangzhou Liuhua Fashion wholesale market in China convened a one - day virtual Investment Conference aimed at exploring the viable investment opportunities and incentives to further develop in the textile sector in Uganda.

The Investment Conference was aimed at providing a platform for exchange of information on the investment opportunities and incentives in the textile sector in Uganda, to explore the possibility of members of Liuhua group investing in the textile industry in Uganda and to create a platform for exchange of ideas between the Ugandan textile sector players and Liuhua traders on the best way Liuhua can supplement the sector for mutual benefit.

The textile industry is primarily concerned with the design, production and distribution of yarn, cloth and clothing. The raw material may be natural, or synthetic using products of the chemical industry.

Liuhua clothing wholesale market is one of the most extensive export apparel supply distribution centers and  supplies goods to over 60 countries annually.

It is one of the most extensive supply distribution center which brings together other thousands of manufacturers from all around China with the latest style and the most competitive price. It also exports a steady stream of clothing daily to Russia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, India, Indonesia, the Middle East and East and West Europe and other countries around the world.

In his opening remarks, Amb. Solomon Rutega, Uganda's Consul General to Guangzhou noted that this initiative was in pursuit to Commercial and Economic Diplomacy policy, and the targeted aspiration by the Government  to promote Import substitution and to develop the textile sector in Uganda.

Amb. Rutega further underscored the significance of the textile and clothing industry which presents vast opportunities to boost Uganda's economy in terms of trade, and investment, as well  value added benefits of employment / job creation in different sectors of the trade.

Officials from the relevant line Departments and Agencies notably Ms. Jolly Sabune Executive Director of the Uganda Cotton Development Agency and Mr. Martin Muhangi representing the Uganda Investment Authority informed the Conference  that Uganda has completed the development of a strategy for its cotton, textiles and apparels sector that could generate more jobs and additional export revenues over the years.

The strategy, which is also supposed to feed into the third edition of the National Development Plan NDPIII, and is expected to eventually result in increased fibre cotton production, scale up domestic value addition and create employment.

The strategy proposes to revive the cotton production value chain and investment in export-oriented apparel as well as garment production factories that would initially rely on imported fabric.

Mr. Zeng Zhifeng, the General manager of Guangzhou Liuhua clothing whole market conveyed a message of gratitude to the Uganda Consulate in Guangzhou and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala for undertaking this initiative and informed the Management of the Luihua Fashion Market is willing to engage further with Uganda to contribute further to the  development of the Textile industry.

He called upon the entrepreneurs of Guangzhou Liuhua market to explore the business opportunities in Uganda's textile industry considering the conducive investment environment and policies in place

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Joyce Onek Badaru, the Head of the International Economic Department at the Ministry Headquarters  commended the efforts the Uganda Consulate, the Management of the Liuhua Clothing wholesale market for convening this virtual Investment Conference.

She further reiterated this Investment Conference is line with the Ministry's deliberate policy of Commercial and Economic Diplomacy that aims at pursing and consolidating an avenue for Government of Uganda to increase International trade and to stimulate the National economy which will eventually led to industrial transformation and economic development.

The Conference was attended by members of Liuhua, a representative from the Guangzhou Municipal Commerce Bureau and from the Association of Guangzhou Belt and Road Investment Enterprises, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda Investment Authority and Cotton Development Organisation, and members from the missions in China.
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