Tunis, 27 August 2022 (TDI): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Hayashi Yoshimasa met with the Foreign Minister of Uganda, Gen. Odongo Jeje Abubakar. The two leaders discussed bolstering bilateral ties between both nations.

The visit took place during the Foreign Minister of Japan’s visit to Tunisia to attend the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

Agenda of the meeting

Foreign Minister of Japan Hayashi Yoshimasa was pleased to meet his counterpart from Uganda. Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa commended the initiatives of the government of Uganda for peace and stability in the East African region.

The Foreign Minister of Japan expressed his appreciation to Uganda for its deployment of troops to the African Union Transmission Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). Foreign Minister Gen. Odongo Jeje Abubakar expressed his condolences on the death of former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa stated that the Japanese government intends to continue contributing to strengthening food security in Africa. The Foreign Minister of Uganda appreciated Japan’s efforts of extensive support enabling development and improved livelihoods in Uganda.

Furthermore, the two sides committed to strengthening bilateral relations based on the outcome of TICAD 8. They confirmed to work together on various regional and international issues. It includes North Korea, nuclear missile and abduction issues, disarmament, and non-proliferation.

Japan-Uganda Relations

Uganda established its diplomatic relations with Japan after its independence in 1962. For much of the time, Japan has been Uganda’s leading developmental partner.

Human resource development and people-to-people exchanges are the main highlights of bilateral relations between both nations. In 2018, Japan’s exports to Uganda stood at $316 million, mainly steel, machinery, and vehicles.

In economic cooperation, the Japanese government is implementing various projects and programs for food security, human resource development, and infrastructure in the country.