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H.E THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO JAPAN FOR TICAD 7 FROM 28TH TO 30TH AUGUST 2019

Monday, 2nd September 2019
Uganda's H.E. the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (right) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) in Yokohama, Japan in August 2019 during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 7.
The Mission coordinated the visit of H.E. the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to attend the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development (TICAD) 7 in Yokohama, Japan from 28th-30th August 2019. The Ugandan delegation comprised over forty (40) people which included eight (8) Ministers. The theme of TICAD7 was "Advancing Africa's Development through People, Technology and Innovation. This theme is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AU Agenda 2063, as well as Africa's priorities for integration, as reflected in its flagship program. The outcome of the Summit was the Yokohama Declaration which reflected on the achievements of TICAD Framework, its progress, challenges and the way forward.

During the Summit, H.E. the President spoke on the Theme: "Accelerating Economic Transformation and Improving Business Environment through Innovationand Private Sector Engagement". In his speech, the President with reference to Africa, emphasized the concepts of Socio-Economic Transformation; Enhanced Production and Sustained Consumption; Innovation & Private Sector Engagement (trade and investment); Infrastructure Development (importantly railway and electricity) as well as Market Access of African products to the Japanese market (quota free, tax free).

On 29th August 2019, a Bilateral Meeting was held between H.E. the President and the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe. The two Excellencies held cordial discussions over a wide range of issues such as developments in quality infrastructure and human resource in Uganda, Japanese support for refugees in Uganda and development cooperation between Japan and Uganda in the field of science and technology transfer,and global security issues. The meeting further strengthened bilateral relations with Japan and improved economic cooperation between the two countries.

Highlights of the official meetings arranged by the Mission for H.E the President during the TICAD7 Summit are as follows:-

1) Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Isao IIjima, who mobilized a group of 10 high-end business Companies on investment related matters KEIDANREN (Japanese High-levelBusiness Federation). It is on record that among the African countries that participated at TICAD7, Uganda was the only country that was able to meet KEIDANREN. Some of the companies such as Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd has already visited Uganda (October 2019) and met Officials of the Ministry of Health with a proposal to establish a Malaria control project in Uganda. 

2) Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Investment & Technology Promotion Office, Tokyo, Mr. Yuko Yasunaga, on industrial development and technology transfer to Uganda. 

3) President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Kitaoka Shinichi on issues of development cooperation and JICA's support to Uganda.

4) Mr. Yoshiomi Tamai, President of Ashinaga, an NPO supporting Uganda in education sector. Ashinaga has a primary school in Nansana (Rainbow House) providing for the educational needs of orphaned Ugandan children as well as Anglophone Centre in Uganda. Currently there are Ashinaga sponsored Ugandan students in some Universities in Tokyo.

5) Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) doing business in Uganda: Yodogawa Steel Works (partner Company of Roofing's Uganda); Smileyearth Corporation (imports Uganda organic cotton and makes high-end towels and other fabrics sold on the Japanese market); J & W Company Ltd. (currently in the process of establishing a waste management system in Uganda); AVIAREPS Company (marketing company contracted by the Uganda Tourism Board to work as public relations between Uganda and Japan promoting Uganda tourism to the Japanese market).

6) Ugandans in the Diaspora of Japan, where H.E the President recognized the Diaspora's significant contribution to the development of Uganda through their remittances. He advised them to always promote the interests of the country and engage in promoting Uganda's tourism and investment in other sectors.

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