(Xinhua) -- About 40 Ugandans who wrote stories that
promote the relationship between China and Uganda were on Wednesday
recognized by the Chinese embassy in Uganda.
The stories which have been running in
the local daily, New Vision, since April this year had initially
attracted 1,720 entries in a competition dubbed “My China Story”
under the sponsorship of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda.
Among the stories written were those
of university students who have been sponsored for different courses
in China, business people who have benefited from Chinese
counterparts and employees whose lives have been changed after
earning salaries from Chinese employers.
Other stories were told by sports
personalities who hailed the Chinese embassy for sponsoring them for
Joan Mukoora, a wood baller with the
national team, hailed the embassy for sponsoring the national team
to attend the world cup wood ball tournament for last year and this
“I wouldn’t have dreamt of playing on
the international scene had it not been for the Chinese embassy in
Uganda,” she said.
Barbara Kaija, editor-in-chief of
Vision Group, thanked the Chinese embassy for supporting local
initiatives started by the government-aided media house.
“We would like to thank our Chinese
friends for the great support they have extended to us. Apart from
My China story, they are also sponsoring our Pakasa project where
the best youth farmers in the country will be recognized and
rewarded,” she said.
She added that the embassy had also
bought modern cameras for the company’s television section.
She said that the stories had helped
the audience to learn the Chinese culture, understand Chinese people
and promote the relationship between the Asian country and Africa.
Chu Maoming, the Charge d’Affaires at
the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, said the top five winners will be
sponsored to travel to China in November to learn more about the
development and people of China. The other winners were given
goodies such as smartphones among others.
“Now China and Africa are building a
comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership. To forge this
partnership, we must carry forward our traditional friendship and
translate the strengths into driving forces to boost solidarity,
cooperation and development,” Chu said at a function held in
He also announced that the embassy had
already finalized the processing of visas for the Ugandan delegation
that will be travelling to China to attend the Forum on China-Africa
President Yoweri Museveni will lead
“Chinese and African leaders will
exchange in-depth views on the development of China-Africa relations
and international and regional issues of common concern,” Chu