Uruguay: Coun­try of Di­a­monds and Foot­ball

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The Repub­lic of Uganda is lo­cated in East-cen­tral Africa on the equa­tor and borders Kenya to the east, Rwanda and Tan­za­nia to the south, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo to the west and South Su­dan to the north. The ma­jor­ity of Uganda is sit­u­ated on the East African Plateau and fea­tures rivers, lakes and wet­lands, which ac­count for 17.8 per­cent of its ter­ri­tory. Uganda lies at an aver­age of about 1,000 to 1,200 m above sea level. The coun­try is di­vided into three main areas: swampy low­lands, a fer­tile plateau with wooded hills and a desert re­gion.

The East African Rift's (EAR) west­ern branch tra­verses the west­ern re­gion of Uganda. It fea­tures rivers, lakes and swamps in the low­lands. Uganda also fea­tures many moun­tains, such as Mount El­gon on its eastern bor­der, which reaches an el­e­va­tion of 4,321 m, and Mount Stan­ley, which is part of the Rwen­zori Moun­tains along the coun­try's bor­der with the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo and has an el­e­va­tion of 5,109 m. Uganda is home to Lake Vic­to­ria, which is the source of the Nile, the world's long­est river. The coun­try also fea­tures more than 50 per­cent of the moun­tain go­ril­las in the world. Win­ston Churchill de­scribed Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa.”

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions have con­tin­ued to progress be­tween China and Uganda since the two coun­tries of­fi­cially es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions on Oc­to­ber 18, 1962. Eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion have de­vel­oped rapidly and steadily. China has as­sisted Uganda in many con­struc­tion projects in­clud­ing the cre­ation of farms, an ice fac­tory, marsh gas pools, a food and ceram­ics re­search cen­tre, Uganda's na­tional sta­dium, fish­ing piers and of­fice build­ings. Chi­nese com­pa­nies be­gan to be con­tracted for con­struc­tion projects and labour ser­vices in 1987 and mod­ern trade be­tween the two coun­tries be­gan in 1960. In 2012, trade vol­ume reached US$538 mil­lion, which was a year-on-year in­crease of 34.7 per­cent. Chi­nese ex­port rev­enue was US$495 mil­lion and im­port value to­talled US$43 mil­lion. China's ex­ports in­cluded electro­mechan­i­cal equip­ment, gar­ments and shoes and it im­ported leather, sesame, cof­fee and cot­ton. In 2012, there were a to­tal of 635 Ugan­dan stu­dents study­ing in China.

Uganda fea­tures di­verse and de­li­cious dishes. Ma­toke is a starchy va­ri­ety of ba­nana and plays a ma­jor part in tra­di­tional Ugan­dan meals. A ma­toke meal con­sists of peeled and steamed ma­toke served with red bean juice, peanut but­ter, braised chicken and cur­ried beef. The meal is a favourite of gour­mands and plays a ma­jor role at Ugan­dan state ban­quets. As Chi­nese and Ugan­dan cit­i­zens have fre­quent ex­changes, Ugan­dans have got­ten to know Chi­nese cuisines. They are es­pe­cially fond of Guang­dong, Bei­jing and Sichuan cuisines.

Ugan­dan peo­ple are of­ten friendly and ex­tend a warm wel­come by hug­ging and shak­ing hands. At the Colour­ful World event, Ugan­dans ex­hib­ited their tra­di­tional hand­i­crafts, cof­fee, pho­tos of wild an­i­mals and in­tro­duced their tourist re­sorts to vis­i­tors.

Hand­i­crafts pre­sented in Uganda's booth in­cluded buf­falo horn ob­jects, wooden totem masks, bone bracelets and hand­made dolls. Ugan­dan spe­cialty cof­fee at­tracted many vis­i­tors with its mel­low flavour. Africa is the home of ara­bica and ro­busta species of cof­fee. Uganda is one of only a few coun­tries that can grow both ara­bica and ro­busta cof­fee thanks to its favourable en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate. Vis­i­tors who en­joyed Ugan­dan spe­cialty cof­fee said the cof­fee had a del­i­cate smell, pleas­ant flavour and was of high qual­ity.

The booth also cap­ti­vated vis­i­tors with pic­tures of nat­u­ral scenery and wild an­i­mals. In 2013, Uganda was rated as one of 10 emerg­ing tourist des­ti­na­tions in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa. It fea­tures Queen El­iz­a­beth Na­tional Park in the west, Murchi­son Falls Na­tional Park in the north, Bwindi Im­pen­e­tra­ble For­est Na­tional Park, Lake Vic­to­ria and Mgahinga Go­rilla Na­tional Park. The fa­mous King Kong char­ac­ter is mod­elled on the moun­tain go­rilla. The moun­tain go­rilla is an en­dan­gered species and there are even fewer moun­tain go­ril­las in the world than gi­ant pan­das. Uganda fea­tures an ideal habi­tat for the go­rilla. This an­i­mal looks fierce but is ac­tu­ally a mild, vege­tar­ian an­i­mal. They like to take a stroll and chew tree branches in forests, and ap­peal to Chi­nese tourists.

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