Speaker Among, Ambassador Sasayama discuss Uganda-Japan bilateral relations

Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among (L) with the new Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Sasayama Takuya (R)

Kampala, (UG):- The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among on Tuesday morning, May 07, met and held discussions with the new Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Sasayama Takuya on deepening bilateral cooperation with focus on technology and infrastructure.

Hon Among applauded the Japanese Government for the nearly 62 years of development cooperation, which she said has brought tangible dividends and improved livelihoods.

“This morning, I met with the newly appointed Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E. Sasayama Takuya. His visit highlights the importance of the bilateral relations between our two countries, which have lasted for almost 62 years. Our friendship and partnership are evident in many infrastructural projects, such as the magnificent Nile Bridge, as well as numerous road projects. I appealed to Japan to take a keen interest in Uganda’s high-quality coffee and other products available for export,” Ms Among said.

“In the years ahead, we hope to build upon those areas of mutual cooperation and support each other in trade, technological exchange and education to help skill our young population and prepare them for a competitive future,” she added.

In his remarks, Ambassador Sasayama pledged to continue with deepening the bilateral cooperation, and also link the Upper and Lower Chambers of the Japanese Parliament with that of Uganda.

“I thank you for the friendship of your Parliament which you have extended to my predecessor, and for the motion to recognise the Japan International Cooperation Agency,” he said.

In a recent motion, Parliament applauded the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its contribution to health, education and infrastructure support to Uganda.

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Amb Sasayama says this (the Japan – Uganda cooperation) will build upon the previous focus on refugee support, infrastructure, agriculture and education, with laser focus on technology and skilling the youth.

“We recognise Uganda as a hub of this region historically and into the future; my government would like to invest in the future generation [youth],” he said.

Hon Among interested the Japanese in the reconstruction of the waning Karuma Bridge, which in recent days was closed for rehabilitative works.

“I hope that building upon the cooperation we had on the Nile Bridge, we also look forward to working together on other grand infrastructure projects such as the Karuma Bridge which is also due for an overhaul,” she said.

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The two leaders agreed on strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries for mutual development.

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