SG Todwong seeks inspiration from China in the battle against poverty

Monday 11th September 2023

Lanzhou - China: In a recent address to a CPC Gansu Provincial Committee delegation led by H.E. Sun Xuetao, Rt Hon Richard Todwong, the Secretary-General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), underscored Uganda's unwavering determination to combat poverty, drawing inspiration from China's remarkable strides in enhancing the quality of life for its populace. In his passionate speech, Todwong praised China's President, Xi Jinping, for his sagacious leadership and pointed out that Africa stands ready to glean valuable lessons from China's experiences.

Todwong articulated the profound impact that poverty alleviation can have on a nation, declaring, "Poverty is an affliction that brings suffering and instability. When we address it, a nation finds peace, unity, and prosperity, which is our ultimate goal." His words echoed a growing consensus among African leaders that addressing poverty is not merely a moral duty but a fundamental prerequisite for stability and growth.

One of the key takeaways from Todwong's address was the recognition that a substantial population can be an asset when guided effectively. He emphasized that, with the right approach, a sizable populace can be a driving force behind a nation's modernization and progress. Uganda's leadership is eager to harness its demographic advantage to propel the nation forward.

Todwong expressed profound gratitude to China and President Xi Jinping for their exemplary leadership in poverty alleviation. He underscored the significance of leaders who prioritize the welfare of their citizens, highlighting that this approach paves the way for a better world for all.

On another note, H.E. Sun Xuetao, a member of the standing committee of the CPC Gansu Provincial Committee, highlighted the deepening political trust between Uganda and China. Sun Xuetao underscored China's steadfast support for African nations in their unique development journeys. He observed that both Uganda and China share a common objective of eliminating poverty and enhancing living standards for their people.

Sun Xuetao also hinted at the potential for mutual learning between Uganda and China in their respective poverty alleviation endeavours. He suggested that Uganda could glean invaluable insights from China's experiences and strategies in its pursuit of poverty eradication.
Uganda, like many African nations, finds itself at a pivotal juncture in its development trajectory. The recognition of poverty alleviation as a top priority, coupled with the willingness to learn from countries like China, marks a positive stride toward realizing a more prosperous and stable future for the nation.

In conclusion, Uganda's commitment to eradicating poverty and enhancing the well-being of its citizens is fortified by the inspiration drawn from China's success in addressing similar challenges. The exchange of ideas and experiences between these two nations holds the promise of mutual growth and development, ultimately leading to a brighter future for both Uganda and the broader African continent.

Rt Hon. Richard Todwong was accompanied by the National Chairperson of the NRM Workers League, Mr. James Tweheyo, and Mr. Gadafi Nasur, the National Chairperson of the NRM Youth League, along with other dignitaries. Their presence underscored the importance of the occasion and the collective commitment to Uganda's development and poverty eradication efforts.