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Uganda, Japan Move to Deepen Bilateral, Trade Ties

Japan’s Ambassador to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda, has reiterated the commitment of his government to the promotion of development and strengthening cooperation with Uganda in key priority areas of Infrastructure, health, agriculture, education and sports.

Japan recently provided the better of funding for construction of the $125m Source of the Nile Bridge in Jinja.

The single suspension bridge, which is expected to boost transport in the region, was funded through a 40 year loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (80 percent) and Government of Uganda (20 percent).

Japan also intends to support the construction of a bridge at Karuma.

Kameda said infrastructural developments implemented with Japanese funding in Uganda are evidence of the two countries’ blossoming ties.

Kameda made the remarks on Monday while meeting with Amb. Patrick Mugoya, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry Headquarters in Kampala.

President Museveni recently said Japan has been Uganda’s partner for the last 56 years.

“They help us through projects like this and we also help them by buying their cars,” said Kameda.

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The president noted that over the past 5 decades, Uganda has received over $ 1.2billion in aid from Japan, and that the county also bought Uganda’s coffee, tea and fish, while Uganda continues to import its cars, iron products and machinery.

Uganda Exports to Japan was US$19.61 Million during 2017, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

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