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Museveni, Japan PM hold development talks

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President Yoweri Museveni and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are holding talks focus on various development projects supported by Japan in Uganda.

Japan is pivotal in supporting governments “Prosperity for All” programme through improving the rural transport network to boost the volume of trading activities between the East African countries.

It is also supporting the construction of the new Nile Bridge at Jinja, a key infrastructure project which will inter-connect roads to neighboring countries such as Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Rwanda.

The President, who is on a four-day working visit was accompanied by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Kataha Museveni and was received on arrival at Haneda International Airport by Uganda’s Ambassador to Japan Betty Akech,  her deputy Edith Namutebi, and ministers Okello Oryem (state for foreign affairs), Matia Kasaija (finance), and John Byabagambi (works).

The Musevenis will also meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace.

The President will also meet with key business executives, the Japan-AU Parliamentary League Members of Parliament and with a delegation from the Japan External Trade Organization led by its Chairman Hiroyuki Ishige.

He will also meet the President of Japan Oil, Gas & Metal National Cooperation Hirobiki Kawano before meeting and witnessing the signing of a loan agreement with Japan Bank of International Cooperation.

The Prime Minister will later host President Museveni to a dinner before the two leaders address a joint press conference at the Prime Minister’s residence.

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