HIS Highness Prince and Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino of Japan will pay a three day visit to Uganda.
By JEFF ANDREW LULE
HIS Imperial Highness Prince and Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino of Japan will pay a three day visit to Uganda from tomorrow June 12th to Friday 15, 2012.
During the visit, he will also hold talks with the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The Prince's visit to Uganda will also be his first time he is visiting the African continent with Uganda being his first country.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, the ambassador of Uganda to Japan, Wasswa Biriggwa said the visit will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
"This visit will also be one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of Uganda's independence. This is a very important visit to Uganda following the longtime support and relations with the Japanese people," he said.
The Prince and his wife will visit the new River Nile Bridge Project, which will be supported by the Government of Japan and Rice Research and Training Centre at Namulonge which was also supported by Japan.
He will also visit Phenix Logistics, a company owned by a Yuichi Kwashiwada a Japanese national, Ashinaga an international organization that supports children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and Uganda Wild Life Center.
The Prince will later be hosted by President Museveni at State House Entebbe where they will discuss various issues about the two countries.
"Japan and Uganda have been enjoying very cordial relations for the last 50 years. This trip is also aimed at strengthening and diplomatic ties between the two nations," Biriggwa noted.
He stressed that Japan has supported Uganda with $1bn in the last five years funding many programmes in various sectors including health, agriculture, electricity, road construction and education among others.
Biriggwa stressed that in spite of the various problems including the massive earthquakes and tsunami Japan expressed in March last year, they did not cut aid to Uganda.
He noted that Uganda once again expresses her heartfelt sympathies to the His Majesty, the Government and people of Japan over the tragic incident that claimed thousands people's lives.
Uganda opened an embassy in Japan in 1973 while Japan opened a resident of Mission in Kampala in 1997.
Japan royal to visit Uganda