A Chinese firm called Media Dotcom has asked for the authority and support of Parliament and government to set up operations in Uganda with the aim of fostering business development between Uganda and China.
The firm, which was represented by Ms Fang Min, the Chairperson of Uganda Organisation of Chinese Business Community met the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, on Wednesday 13th September 2017.
Min said that the reason for their visit to Parliament was to promote the “One Belt One Road’’ Chinese government initiative to create linkages with other countries and foster development.
“Today, people are using the Internet instead of traditional media like radio and television. This media firm will set up a website that will be used to attract more Chinese, and foster tourism and trade or retailing between the two countries. The target is to enhance friendship with the Ugandan people,” Min noted.
Min said that the government of China has an ongoing understanding with Makerere University to train IT students who have completed their course at Makerere for an extra year of training in Shanghai.
“We want these students who have undergone training in China to become better IT technicians and avail them job opportunities,” she said.
She added that the main initiative of Media Dotcom is to promote connections between countries based on citizens, policy, equipment, trade, and capital.
Henceforth, they want long term support from the government.
The Deputy Speaker said that Parliament can set up a framework to support the media firm through the relevant ministry of the government.
“We work in tandem with the government because it is responsible for handling the technicalities involved in establishing such understandings,” he said.
He also welcomed the proposal and promised to raise it with the concerned ministry.