Chinese people in Uganda

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Chinese people in Uganda
Total population
(7,000[1] (2010 estimate))
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Chinese

The number of Chinese residents in Uganda has rapidly expanded in the past decade along with the rise of trade ties.[2]


The rapid expansions in trade relations begins in 2005 when Chinese investments in Uganda only included a hotel and restaurant. By 2010, China's investments shot up so much that it ranked second to the United Kingdom.[2]

The biggest Chinese employer in Uganda is Zhang Hao, a native of Shenyang, who arrived in 1999 and started an import business that grew to an enterprise encompassing a restaurant, bakery, firm selling flat-screen televisions and security company.[3]

However the increased trade and number of residents has caused a backlash. The influx of shopkeepers from China has caused consternation among Ugandans who compete in retail. In July 2011, Ugandan shopkeepers in Kampala ordered a work stoppage to protest against rising prices, an unstable exchange rate, and a flood of competition by Chinese and Indian traders.[4] The organizers of the strike, the Kampala City Traders Association, named "aliens doing petty trade, especially the Chinese" as a source of concern.[4]

Other areas of trade include construction of buildings, fiber optics, and a road. Projects being built by the Chinese government include "a hospital in Kampala, an agricultural demonstration center, and a government office block building."[2]

Integration and community[edit]

Chinese investors founded the China Enterprises Chamber of Commerce in Uganda in March 2009, a trade organization composed of over 30 firms.


  1. ^ Jaramogi, Pattrick (2013-02-18), Uganda: Chinese Investments in Uganda Now At Sh1.5 Trillion, retrieved 2013-02-20 
  2. ^ a b c Chinese Engagement in Uganda, 2010-02-17 
  3. ^ China's economic invasion of Africa, 2010-02-06 
  4. ^ a b "Ugandan Traders Strike to Protest High Prices, Influx of Asians", International Business Times, 2011-07-11