Skip to main content

Chinese Minister Counsellor Mr. Xuecheng Fan meets Col. Edith Nakalema on ways to deepen investments

Chinese Minister Counsellor Mr. Xuecheng Fan and his Senior Officials take a group photo with Col. Edith Nakalema

The Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Mr. Fan Xuecheng, has met the Head of the State House Investors Protection Unit (SHIPU), Col. Edith Nakalema, and pledged to deepen investment relations between Uganda and China.

This was during a high-profile meeting that was held on March 7th 2024 at the State House Investors Protection Unit offices located on Plot 51B along Lumumba Avenue, Nakasero Kampala.

Mr. Fan Xuecheng thanked the Ugandan government for creating a secure environment that not only embraces investors but also provides the relevant support required for investors to thrive. However, he expressed concern over the meeting that the Kampala Capital City Traders together other Associations that comprise the Federation of Uganda Traders Association (FUTA) had planned to convene on March 8, 2024.

He was accompanied by Mr. David Wang, the First Secretary, and Mr. Kakoza Li, the third Secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Uganda who jointly delivered a copy of the message posted on the KACITA X-handle. The message indicated that 'Chinese are taking over our businesses', something that led the Minister Counsellor, Fan Xuecheng, to seek the intervention of SHIPU. 

Col. Nakalema commended the Chinese government for the good working relations with Uganda and reiterated that the State House investors protection unit will continue to tirelessly collaboratively coordinate all key stakeholders in order to secure an investment climate in Uganda. She took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to inform Chinese delegates that she had just returned from a meeting with KACITA and FUTA, two organisations that were dissatisfied with the following: Chinese investors who go for microbusinesses that are intended for local investors but are given tax holidays; receipts given for the purchase of goods in China do not indicate the goods purchased and sometimes the prices as well, which leads to the URA overtaxing them; locals employed by Chinese companies are working in poor conditions with no protective gears, in addition to the low pay given to locals; and the poor quality of the jeans and khakis manufactured by Chinese companies in China.

He stated that the Chinese Embassy in Uganda would collaborate with the Ugandan government to, among others, work to expand investments in Uganda, improve workers' remuneration and continuously implement measures that ensure the welfare and safety of the staff.

During the same meeting, Col. Nakalema guided the high-ranking officials through the Electronic Investor Protection Portal (EIPP) that the His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched on December 13, 2023.