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Hon. Odongo Participates in The 8th FOCAC Ministerial Conference

Tuesday, 30th November 2021
The 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was opened on 29th November 2021 in Dakar, by the President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E Macky Sall. 

The conference evaluated the implementation of the follow up actions of the 2018 Beijing Summit, the situation of China-Africa solidarity against COVID-19 and the planned direction of China-Africa relations going forward. 

Addressing the conference virtually, the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping announced nine (9) new programmes for implementation between China and Africa for the next three years. These include:
  • Medical and health: Delivery of 1bn doses of Covid-19 vaccine;
  • Poverty reduction and agricultural development;
  • Trade promotion;
  • Investment promotion; 
  • Digital innovation;
  • Green development; 
  • Capacity building;
  • Cultural and people-to-people exchange; 
  • Peace and security.
During his address, Hon. Abubakhar Jeje Odongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed commitment to continue closely working together with the view of achieving the China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035, which is consistent with Agenda 2063 and the Uganda Vision 2040. He welcomed China's support for COVID-19 vaccine equity and China's commitment to providing up to One billion doses of vaccines; and mobilizing resources for vaccine production on the continent. The conference concluded with the adoption of four outcome documents, including the Dakar Declaration, China-Africa Vision 2035, China-Africa Cooperation on Climate Change, and the Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024).

On the side-lines of the 8th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, Hon. Odongo held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Wang Yi, the State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. Hon. Odongo appreciated the series of new initiatives announced by President Xi Jinping on cooperation with Africa that will cater to the urgent demand of Africa and will greatly boost the development of Africa-China relations.  

He added that Uganda looks forward to strengthening alignment with China on jointly implementing the initiatives especially in areas such as the market access for Ugandan products to China.

H.E. Wang Yi reaffirmed that China and Uganda continue to deepen political mutual trust and?practical cooperation, adding that the two countries' support for each other in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened China-Uganda relations. 

He communicated China's commitment to opening "green lanes" for African agricultural exports to China, further increasing the scope of African products enjoying the zero-tariff treatment.

Hon Odongo was accompanied by Hon Amos Lugolobi, State Minister for Finance in charge of Planning, Ambassador Otengo Rebecca Amuge, Uganda's Permanent Representative to the African Union, Mrs Joyce Onek, Head of International Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
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