BEIJING, China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang met with the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament. Rebecca Kadaga, here Thursday, and they agreed to deepen parliamentary communication and co-operation.

Zhang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), said China-Uganda relations had scored new achievements in recent years under the leadership of the two countries' presidents.

China is willing to enhance co-operation with Uganda in areas of infrastructure construction, energy and mineral resources development, processing and manufacturing, and agriculture, said Zhang.

As legislative bodies, the NPC and the Ugandan Parliament should work for a better legal environment for business between the two countries, he said.

China encourages and supports its enterprises to invest in Uganda, and also hopes that Uganda will help Chinese companies to resolve difficulties encountered in co-operation, said Zhang. He suggested the two sides advance cooperation in tourism, education and culture in a bid to enrich bilateral co-operation.

China is ready to share experience with Uganda in state governance and legislation, especially the legislative experience in boosting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and attracting foreign investment, he said.

Kadaga said the visit had increased her understanding about China. The Ugandan Parliament attached great importance to bilateral friendship and was ready to work with the NPC to advance co-operation in agriculture, irrigation, education and environment protection, she added.

Uganda welcomes more investment from China, said Kadaga, who is visiting China from Aug 21 to 26.