The National Library of Uganda received a Chinese delegation from Henan Province of the People's Republic of China. The delegates Who included Li Xia, the Deputy Director of Henan Provincial Culture Department; Cui Xi Mei, Director Henan Provincial Youth and Children Library; Huang Han Qin, Henan Provincial Culture Department; Xin Mu Xiang, Henan Provincial Museum; Long Lin, The Secretary to the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda; and Cui Yun, a Chinese business man in Uganda were received by Mr. Adoniah Katungisa, the Deputy Director of the National Library of Uganda, and his Heads of Departments at the National Library Offices on Buganda Road.
The Chinese Delegation was escorted by Ms Pamela Batenga (Principal Culture Officer) who gave the welcome remarks and Ms Cecilia Ajom (Senior Culture Officer), both officials from the Ministry of Gender, Culture and Social Development
The Deputy Director warmly welcomed the delegation and expressed gladness that even with their tight schedule, they had chosen to visit the National Library. He then gave them a brief overview of the National Library, its history, functions, mandate and future prospects. He also expressed the willingness of the National Library to explore any opportunities that may be available for collaboration between the National Library and the Henan Province through Bilateral agreements between the Republic of Uganda and the People's Republic of China.
In her remarks, Ms Li Xian, who was the head of the delegation said that they were happy to visit Uganda and that in their brief visit, they have been able to see some beautiful views and have loved the climate. She thanked the National Library staff in attendance for sacrificing their time on a public holiday to honor the visit. She introduced the other delegates in her delegation and gave a brief view about the Henan province and their concerns in the arts, culture and antiquities. She noted that they have had a program for cultural exchange with Uganda since 2004 and some of the beneficiaries are 5 Ugandans who were taken to China and trained in Chinese Kungfu in the Shaolin Temple. She called upon the ministry of Gender to make use of these people to exhibit the skills they attained to Ugandans.
She said that one of the missions for their visit was to seek cooperation opportunities with the National Library of Uganda and the Uganda Museum, and the Uganda Cultural Centre. So she welcomed officials from the Ministry of Gender and from the National Library to China. She said that in the area of capacity building, the Henan province could possibly send some of their staff to the national Library of Uganda and also invite National Library of China to visit their provincial libraries. She also talked about having photographers and artists from both countries exchanging photographs and making a joint exhibition.
She explained that the Henan Provincial library had a similar mandate as the National Library, with the exception that it only plays a guiding role and does not supervise nor manage municipal and other public libraries. She also said that the Henan provincial Museum holds over 40,000 precious pieces of great historical value.
The delegation also took a tour of the library, exploring its Chinese collection, and The meeting ended with a ceremony to handover 25 titles of bi-lingual (Chinese and English) children books to the National Library of Uganda.