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A Malaysia town in Uganda

  • Ugandan High Commissioner to Malaysia Dorothy Samali Hyuha (L1) and Mohammad Mahiyuddin Abdullah (R2) posing after signing a memorandum of understanding on collaboration. Second from left is Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin and Isaac Musumba. Muhd Fadhil Nuddin is on far right. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

IPOH (Sin Chew Daily) -- A Malaysian city with the concept of `China Town’ in a foreign country will be built in Uganda, says its Urban Development, Land and Housing Minister Isaac Musumba.

The blueprint of a satellite city outside the Ugandan capital Kampala -- a joint venture between Uganda and Malaysia -- have since completed.

Musumba said he hoped to negotiate with Malaysia to implement the second phase of the project, including attracting Malaysian businessmen to invest in his country.

He also said building a satellite city outside Kampala is the Ugandan government’s flagship project where professionals in Malaysia Inc, a joint venture company, also participated in the design of the blueprint for the satellite city in the first phase of the project.

“Now we hope to negotiate with the Malaysian government to implement the second phase of the project. As this blueprint of the 1,000-acre project originated from Malaysia, we have no plan to let other countries or agencies to undertake the project. This will be a friendly record between Malaysia and Uganda and hope to shape the satellite city outside Kampala into a Malaysia town.

Musumba attended the Perak-Uganda Trade Gateway Commission forum held in Ipoh. In his speech, he welcomed Malaysian businessmen to invest in Uganda especially the satellite city project, as the Ugandan government offer various investment incentives which are tax exempted.

He said the satellite city project is located between downtown Kampala and the airport. A highway will be built in the satellite city.

The Ugandan government has identified four sectors to be developed in the satellite city including tourism, conference centers which can organize various events, agricultural and technology as well as education. There will be housing development projects including schools, shopping malls, commercial centers, hospital, government agencies and other facilities.

When asked about the protests in Uganda during the press conference, he said in 1971 the Ugandan president expelled foreigners and confiscated their assets which have affected the economy of the country. Twenty years later, the government returned the assets to foreign owners who have been expelled. It has gradually built the confidence of foreigners on Uganda. Businessmen keen to invest in the country would not need to worry about their safety.

Ugandan High Commissioner to Malaysia Dorothy Samali Hyuha said the Eastern African country has 40 million population. Businessmen who invest in Uganda can also be connected to other neighboring African countries as well as Islamic countries for more business opportunities.

Perak State executive councilor Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin said trade volume between Malaysia and African countries totalled RM31.38 billion in 2018. Malaysian exports to Africa stood at RM18.97 billion while imports from the continent stood at RM12.41 billion.

“We export palm oil and its related products, processed food, petroleum products, machineries, electronics and spare parts to African countries. We import crude oil, metal ore, metal scrap, raw plastics and steel products from African countries,’’ he said.

Also present at the event were Kamunting state assemblyman Muhd Fadhil Nuruddin, Perak Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mohammad Mahiyuddin Abdullah.

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