President Museveni, yesterday 6th August 2018, concluded his four-day State visit to China with bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. The two heads of state also witnessed the signing of three memoranda of understanding between Uganda and China on cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, economic and humanitarian cooperation.

President Museveni was accompanied to the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by First Lady Janet Kataha, Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Works minister Monica Azuba, Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, Finance minister Matia Kasaija, and other officials, including the SGR coordinator, Mr Perez Wamburu.

Works minister, Ms Azuba in an interview from Beijing last evening referred Daily Monitor to Mr Kasaija who was unavailable for a comment as he was reportedly airborne.

President Museveni, according to sources familiar with the matter, has been in recent months directly involved in discussions on some projects in Uganda and had hoped to secure financing for the first section of the railway line during the visit to Beijing to attend the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit.

Uganda and Kenya first agreed to construct the SGR in 2008. The two governments agreed to construct China Class One standard, whose design classification, according to the Chinese standards, is one with annual passengers/freight traffic volume for near-term, which is more than or equal to 20 metric tons.