The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda, is set to return home after completing his tour of duty.
Kameda, a jovial and welcoming diplomat, was this Wednesday hosted to a farewell luncheon by Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Sam Kutesa.
Hon Kutesa paid a glowing tribute to Kameda for the significant role he has played in “promoting the excellent and friendly bilateral relations between Japan and Uganda.”
He cited the New Nile Bridge, the Road Construction and maintenance equipment, the ongoing Kampala Flyover Project, and interventions in the fields of Agriculture, Health and various Community services as landmark achievements made during the tenure of Ambassador Kameda.
Ambassador Kameda joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1978.
He has been in the Foreign Service for 42 years.
He has experienced a variety of departments at Headquarters and was dispatched to 7 overseas missions, including the secretariat of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, to which he was seconded.
His first post before coming to Uganda was the Director of Operations of Foreign Services Training Institute, which is mandated to train Japanese diplomatic service staff.
These are programs for newly recruited officials, attaches from other Ministries and government agencies to be dispatched to overseas missions, and mid-career training programs.
Kameda was in Uganda as the Deputy Ambassador from January 2006 to November 2008 before briefly returning to Japan. He was later elevated to the position of Ambassador and sent back to Uganda in 2016.
During the luncheon, Kutesa wished Kameda a safe journey back home and success in his future assignments.
In his response Ambassador Kameda thanked Government and the people of Uganda for all the cooperation and facilities put at his disposal during his tour of duty. He promised to continue promoting the good relations between the two countries.
During Kameda’s reign, Japan supported Uganda’s infrastructure development including the construction of the cable-stay bridge across the Nile River, Upgrading of Atiak-Nimule Road which will contribute to promoting economic activities between Uganda and South Sudan, the Kampala Flyover Construction and Road Upgrading Project, the Bujagali Interconnection Project and the improvement of Queensway power Substation among others. Uganda procured a fleet of road equipment from Japan which helped build the country’s capacity to maintain its road infrastructure.
Amb. Kameda recently signed notes with the Ministry of Finance providing Uganda with a US$3.8million grant under the Economic and Social Development Programme.
The funds are to help the Ministry of Health procure ambulances, hospital beds and other medical equipment to address the COVID-19 challenges.