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China tops list of planned foreign direct investment in Uganda

Xinhua

22:10, September 26, 2019

KAMPALA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- China has topped the list of major sources of planned Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Uganda in the financial year 2018/2019, a new report issued here late on Monday has said.

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A view of the Entebbe–Kampala Expressway, Uganda, Sept 8, 2017. (Photo: Xinhua)

Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), a state agency charged with investment promotion, in its latest report showed that China's planned investment totaled 607 million U.S. dollars, comprising 45.1 percent of the total investment.

"Things have changed, you see that China which used not to be mentioned among the top investors in Uganda ten years ago is now number one foreign investor," said Lawrence Byensi, acting executive director of UIA.

Byensi said the Chinese are mostly in roads projects and manufacturing.

The report showed Lebanon as the second source of FDI in Uganda during the period under review.

Lebanon's planned investment was 70 million dollars followed by India at 58 million dollars and United Arab Emirates at 55 million dollars.

The report also showed that domestic planned investment is on the increase contributing to 24.4 percent of the total investment. Total planned investment was 1.3 billion dollars.

The sectors that attracted the highest investment in the planned licensed projects during the period under review were manufacturing with 148 projects, agriculture with 51 projects, and transport, storage, communications, construction had 17 licensed project, among others.

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