Japan-Uganda Relations

August 2, 2023
Minister Hayashi and President Museveni who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Minister Hayashi and President Museveni who exchange opinions after having a seat at a table
A group photo of Minister Hayashi, President Museveni, and people concerned in front of the office of the president

On August 2, from 3:05 p.m. local time (9:05 p.m. JST) for approximately 75 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Uganda, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI, President of the Republic of Uganda. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that he was pleased to visit Uganda for the first time as a Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs. He also stated that he would like to further strengthen bilateral relations with Uganda through this visit. In response, President Museveni welcomed Minister Hayashi’s visit to Uganda and shared his desire to further strengthen good relationships with Japan.
  2. Minister Hayashi explained that Japan has been assisting with the development of Uganda in a wide range of fields, including vocational training, construction of the Nile Bridge, rice production and Global Health. President Museveni expressed his gratitude. Minister Hayashi also stated that he would like to strengthen bilateral cooperation to promote investment in Uganda. In response, President Museveni welcomed further support and investment from Japan and expressed his desire to continue to cooperate closely with Japan to enable the Ugandan economy to create more added value. The two sides also affirmed that they would strengthen cooperation for assistance to refugees as the co-hosting countries of the 2nd Global Refugee Forum to be held in December this year.
  3. Minister Hayashi appreciated President Museveni's efforts to realize peace in Ukraine and expressed his hope to cooperate in order to maintain and strengthen the free and open international order based on the rule of law, and confirmed that both countries would cooperate.
  4. The two sides also exchanged views on such issues as the situation in East Asia, including responses to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue. They also discussed on the various issues in the international community such as the uncertain and unfair development finance and the risk on economic security. The two sides affirmed that they would continue to work closely together.

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