Beijing, China | MOFA | Crispus Kiyonga has presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to the People’s Republic of China.
During the ceremony that took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Xi welcomed Kiyonga to China and conveyed sincere greetings to President Yoweri Museveni. He noted that the relationship between the two countries has grown from strength to strength and will continue to make further progress with the contribution of Kiyonga.
Kiyonga has previously been Uganda’s defence and finance minister.
Xi observed that the appointment of Kiyonga who is a senior and experienced person which demonstrated the importance President Museveni and the Government of Uganda attach to the relationship with China.
XI pledged that his Government would give Kiyonga every help to ensure success of his mission.
Kiyonga conveyed warm greetings from Museveni. He spoke positively of the bilateral relations, adding that Uganda had benefited from the partnership with China.
Kiyonga indicated that the infrastructure of Uganda was modernizing quite fast with financial assistance from China.
Kiyonga expressed the desire of Uganda to advance the relationship between the two countries to a strategic level as well as linking FOCAC (Forum for China Africa Cooperation) plans to the national development plans and vision 2040 of Uganda. Xi welcomed efforts that build on existing China-Africa cooperation to deliver more benefits and boost bilateral ties.
Kiyonga arrived in Beijing, China on 20th August 2017 to assume his duties as Head of Mission. He was accompanied at the September 13 ceremony by his spouse, Alice Kiyonga. Other Uganda Embassy officials at the ceremony included Nelson Kasigaire, First Secretary and Laura Kahuga, Third Secretary at the Embassy of Uganda.