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Sudan and Ugandan leaders hold business and security talks

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Visiting Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Monday held business and security talks in Uganda.

The two leaders in a communique issued after the talks in Entebbe, 40 km south of the Ugandan capital Kampala, agreed to convene a Joint Investment Conference in Khartoum to showcase trade and investment opportunities in both countries.

They agreed that Sudan’s Tarco Airlines should start direct flights between Khartoum and Entebbe, which would greatly improve connectivity between the two countries and promote trade, tourism and investment.

On regional security, the two leaders said there is need for a regional-led initiative to find a lasting solution to the South Sudan crisis.

“They undertook to intensify efforts, bilaterally and within the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and African Union frameworks towards finding a lasting political solution through an all-inclusive National Dialogue,” the communique said.

On the situation in Somalia, they called upon the international community to support the building of the country’s institutions, especially in the security sector to enable the government to deal with the militants.

The Sudanese president will end his two-day visit to Uganda on Tuesday.



Movie week promotes Chinese culture in Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Cinema lovers in Uganda were given a treat of Chinese movies for a week, acquainting them of the Chinese traditions and customs.

The Makerere University Confucius Institute screened over 28 Chinese movies in the capital Kampala, attracting secondary, university students and other movie lovers.

“We chose the movies about Chinese history, culture, traditions, agriculture and martial arts among others. This has enabled Ugandan movie lovers to know and understand something about the Chinese people, culture, history and traditions,” Hong Yonghong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, told Xinhua in an interview.

Hong said many people who have not been to China are able to get an insight of the Asian country’s history, people, culture and traditions through the movies.

Some of the movies screened include Masters in Forbidden City, What a Wonderful Family, Guns and Roses, Chinese Zodiac and Golden Cuff Legend 2, among others.

Revelers told Xinhua that the movie week, which kicked off on Nov. 5 to 11 opened up their minds about the Asian country.

“I have seen their cultures and learnt something from it ... The Chinese are hardworking. The films are kind of educating people to work hard,” Shia Mwesigye, a student at Makerere University, told Xinhua.

For the students learning the Chinese language, the Chinese movie week is another opportunity to connect with China.

Ben Batarigaya, a student at Makerere University learning Chinese, said the movies helped them understand China’s history and how it has been able to develop into a major economic powerhouse.

The success of screening the movies has forced the organizers to think of partnering with local organizations to showcase the films across the country.

“We plan to change the strategy and style next year. We want to show the movies in different places of Uganda, moving from one place to another place,” said Hong.

This is the second year the Chinese movies are being showed in Uganda. 



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