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  • 2018.09.19 Uganda Business / Investment Seminar in Tokyo-25th September 2018

    Ms. Hope Waira, Senior Investment Promotion Officer of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), will be presenting Uganda's Business Environment and Opportunities (photo courtesy of UNIDO).

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Tokyo Office in partnership with the Embassy will be holding a Uganda Business / Investment Seminar in Tokyo on 25th September 2018 (Tuesday) from 15:00-17:00pm at 1F Annex Hall of the United Nations University Headquarters Building.

    Participation fee is free and the application form can be filled out from this link -

    For inquiries, please call Ms. Imazu Shimegatsu of (UNIDO) Tokyo Office at 03-6433-5520.

  • 2018.09.19 Tourism EXPO Japan 2018 - 20th to 23rd September 2018 - Tokyo Big Sight

    Please come and visit the Ugandan booth at the Tourism EXPO Japan from 20th to 23rd September 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight. Know more about Ugandan tourism from Uganda tour operators such as Bic Tours, MICE Uganda, Venture Uganda Travel, Bird Uganda Safaris and Palms Travel Bureau Ltd.

    For more information on the Tourism EXPO, please visit

  • 2018.09.10. Meeting with AFRECO

    Photo courtesy of AFRECO


    H.E.the Ambassador Betty Grace Akech-Okullo visited AFRECO and discussed a few matters towards TICAD 7, especially healthcare issues in Uganda. Makerere University and Fukui University have a well established history in this field, which we should continue for the future generation.

  • 2018.06.04. The Official Visit to Japan of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Hon. Sam Kutesa

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Uganda and Japan, Hon. Sam Kutesa and Hon. Taro Kono, respectively, held a meeting in Tokyo on 4th June 2018. Hon. Kutesa is on an official visit to Japan from 3rd-8th June 2018 upon the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.

    Hon. Kutesa with the Ambassadors of East African countries to Japan (H.E. Betty Grace Akech-Okullo of Uganda, H.E. Solomon Karanja Maina of Kenya, H.E. Venetia Sebudandi of Rwanda and H.E. Mathias Meinrad Chikawe of Tanzania), the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and Embassy staff in a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of Uganda.

    Hon. Kutesa with H.E. Ambassador Akech-Okullo during the briefing session.

    Hon. Kutesa with H.E. Ambassador Akech-Okullo and the staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Japan.

  • 2018.03.27. The Embassy Congratulates the March 2018 Graduates of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

    Left photo (from left to right): Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga, Mr. Gabriel Etengu and Ms. Bella Murungi Dutki.

    Right photo: Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga.

    Represented by its Financial Attache, Mr. Gabriel Etengu, the Embassy was present at the ceremony at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) on 27th March 2018 where two (2) Ugandan students including Dr. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga who graduated with a PhD in International Development Studies and Ms. Bella Murungi Dutki with a Masters' in Advanced Policy Studies. So far 28 Ugandan Students have graduated in policy-related studies from the same University.

  • 2018.03.26. The Embassy Congratulates the March 2018 Graduates of Meiji University

    Mr. Vialey Lutaaya (left photo) with other Africans living in Japan who gathered to celebrate with him (right photo).

    Represented by its Administrative Attache, Ms. Teopista Kabahweza, the Embassy was present at the Graduation Ceremony of Meiji University at Nippon Budokan on 26th March 2018 which included a Ugandan student, Mr. Vialey Lutaaya.

  • 2018.03.23. Meeting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo presenting a Ugandan waragi to the Director of International Planning for Construction Industry, Ms. Kazuko Ishigaki.

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo met with the Officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan on 23rd March 2018 to discuss Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3rd-4th May 2018.

    The Japan Government through MLIT would like to request the Ministry of Works and Transport Uganda through the Embassy to mobilize relevant Ugandan private companies to attend the Forum where about 20 JAIDA companies are expected to participate and where there will be a business matching session.

  • 2018.03.14. The Embassy Hosts a Dinner for the 4th Batch of Uganda ABE Initiative Students

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo (top photo, left center) and Embassy Officers with the 4th batch of ABE Initiative students.

    The Embassy hosted a dinner for the 4th batch of ABE Initiative students on 14th March 2018. Present during the dinner were Embassy Officials headed by H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo with Mr. Michael Katungye (Counselor) and Ms. Teopista Kabahweza (Administrative Attache).

  • 2018.03.05 Ugandan Police Force Receives Donated Fire Fighting Truck from Minamiashigara City of Japan

    The Uganda Police Force accepting the donated fire fighting truck from the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and AIMEC Chief Executive (Mr. Kosuke Iwai) during the Handover Ceremony on 6th March 2018 in Kampala.

    The Uganda Police Force received the donated fire fighting truck from Minamiashigara City of Japan through the Executives of AIMEC in a handover ceremony held on 6th March 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.  This event was also attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda (H.E. Kazuaki Kameda) and co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diaspora/Protocol Departments) in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force.

    The donation aims to support the people of Uganda in prevention of fire incidences in the country. (Related story: 2017.12.10 Minamiashigara City of Japan Donates a Fire Fighting Truck to the Ugandan Police Force)

  • 2018.02.28 The Embassy Hosts Tour Operators' Seminar

    The Embassy hosted a Tour Operators' Seminar on 28th February 2018 at the Chancery organized by Mr. Shotaro Ogata of UTI Japan Co., Ltd. and the Embassy's Counselor, Mr. Michael Katungye to promote Uganda tourism. The seminar was attended by ten (10) Tour Operators who recognize Uganda's tourism potential.

    H.E. the Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo welcomed the Tour Operators back from their familiarization tour of Uganda and emphasised to the group why Uganda is the best tourist destination for Japanese tourists. She also invited the Tour Operators to prepare Uganda tour packages. Mr. Ogata made a presentation on Uganda through data and photos of the country's beautiful touristic spots. Each Tour Operator was also given chance to talk regarding Uganda's potential as part of their tour packages. Mr. Samuel Mugisha of BIC Tours in Uganda also participated through a video conference call. After the seminar, the group was offered Ugandan snacks which consist of dried pineapples and bananas, chocolate, coffee, tea and waragi.

    The Embassy and the organizers are looking forward to hold more tourism seminars in the future for targeted group of tour operators.

  • 2017.12.10 Minamiashigara City of Japan Donates a Fire Fighting Truck to the Ugandan Police Force

    1st Photo: Amb. Betty Grace Akech-Okullo with the Member of Parliament and Mayor of Minamiashigara City together with other Government Officials at the Fire Fighting Truck Handover Ceremony.

    2nd Photo: The fire fighting truck donated by Minamiashigara City to the Ugandan Police Force.

    Minamiashigara City of Japan donated a Fire Fighting Truck to the Uganda Police Force to support the people of Uganda in prevention of fire incidences in the country.  This donation has been an effort of AIMEC (Association of International Music Exchange for Children) who requested for it from the City Authority. 

    The City Authority in conjunction with AIMEC executive organized the handover ceremony on 10th December 2017 at the Minamiashigara City Office.  H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech-Okullo received the truck on behalf of the Government of Uganda and extended appreciation to the Donating City and AIMEC for their effort and commitment to acquire this Truck and for offering to ship it to the Port of Mombasa. 

    The handover ceremony which was hosted by the Mayor of Minamiashigara City, Mr. Kato Shugei, was witnessed by among others, high level leadership of the city which also included two Members of Parliament.

    The replica key was handed over to the Ambassador by the Mayor of Minamiashigara City.  In his speech, the Mayor informed us that the donation of this truck to the people of Uganda was a sign of his desire for the establishment of the people to people relations of the two countries from which further bilateral relations could develop. The Ambassador also made a presentation introducing Uganda as a tourism destination. After the presentation many Japanese including the Mayor were interested in visiting the country at one time.

    AIMEC is visiting Uganda in the first week of March 2018 to officially handover the fire fighting truck to the Ugandan Police Force.

  • 2017.12.03. Stephen Kiprotich Wins 2nd Place at the 71st Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship

    From left to right: Mr. Tatsumasa Oku, Coordinator of Izumisano City Programmes in Uganda; Ms. Christine Kalungi, Uganda Diaspora Japan (UDJ) Member, Mr. Kyeyune Livingstone, UDJ President; Mr. Stephen Kiprotich, 2012 London Summer Olympics Marathon Chamption; and Mr. Jesse Musinguzi, Third Secretary of the Embasy of Uganda in Japan.

    2012 London Summer Olympics Marathon Champion, Mr. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, won 2nd Place at the 71st Fukuoka International Open Marathon 2017 held in Fukuoka on 3rd December 2017.

    Izumisano City is hosting Ugandan marathon runners for competitions in Japan, more importantly, the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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  • 2017.11.21-22. Japan Hosts the 2nd High Quality Infrastructure Dialogue Between Uganda and Japan

    The Signing Ceremony of the agreement of Strategic Mutual Cooperation.

    The 2nd High Quality Infrastructure Dialogue (HQID) was held on 21st and 22nd of November, 2017 at the Ministry of Lands Infrastructure and Tourism (MLIT), Tokyo, Japan.

    Part of the 2-day HQID was the 2nd Private-Public Conference for High Quality Infrastructure held on 21st November 2017. The conference was attended by the Minister and her delegation; the State Minister of MLIT, Hon. Takao Makino; MLIT officers; and companies from Uganda and Japan. It included the signing of the record of meetings in which both ministries agreed on concrete measures to take, in order to execute infrastructure projects in Kampala and Uganda as a whole. It continued with several sessions and ended with a business-to-business matching session where Ugandan private sector companies tried to forge partnerships with Japanese counterparts.

    The second part of the HQID on 22nd November 2017 began with a brief presentation at MLIT conveying the success stories of the Japanese Private Public Partnerships in road construction and infrastructure development. Later on, an excursion was organized to the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, where the delegation was shown the flood control mechanisms of Tokyo. Flood safety mechanisms were also illustrated and explained. The delegation was then privileged to visit some of the facilities and see firsthand how they work. The delegation’s next excursion was at the Sakai Heavy Industries in Kanagawa prefecture, where the delegation was given a brief tour of the facilities and shown their latest machinery.

  • 2017.11.20. Ugandan PhD Student of Tokyo University Wins the Green Talents Competition 2017 in Germany

    Ms. Precious Akampumuza, a Ugandan PhD student of Tokyo University, was selected to be one of the outstanding young researchers with potential in sustainable development, the winner of the Green Talents Competition 2017.

    The prestigious award was given by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany.

    Ms. Akampumuza is a doctoral degree student of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS–GLI), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in Tokyo University.

    Her research focuses on the effect of climate change on incidences of infectious diseases in Eastern Africa. The jury recognised a great deal of value in her research, especially given the potential benefit it can provide for decision-makers in Uganda.

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  • 2017.11.11-12. SEISA Africa Asia Bridge 2017

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo (left) at the opening ceremony.

    The Embassy participated in SEISA Africa Asia Bridge 2017 at Joseonakakyo Senior High School, Yokohama on 11th-12th November 2017.

    The international exchange event aims to become a "bridge" to connect countries with each other. One of the activities during the event was the presentation of participating countries where H.E. the Ambassador presented information about Uganda, its touristic features, economy and bilateral relations with Japan.

  • 2017.10.24. The Embassy Hosts the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) Monthly Meeting for the Month of October

    The Embassy hosted the ADC Monthly Meeting for the month of October on 24th October 2017. Aside from the regular meeting agenda, a company called Teikoku-Shoin Co. Ltd. made a presentation. The company produces atlases for global understanding. They collect information about the countries to include in the atlases. The atlases are called collectively as "Door" which means "open your doors to the world".

  • 2017.10.14-15. CHIMERA Games Vol. 4

    Mr. Ousmane Sankhon, a Guinean tv personality based and famous in Japan, visited the Ugandan booth.

    The Embassy participated in CHIMERA Games Vol. 4 in Odaiba on 7th-9th October 2017.

    The event was organized by CHIMERA Union, which aims to support people to encounter diverse cultures and values, integrate mutually by providing real experiences and develop sustainable connection by building framework to allow these activities continuously. While the main showcase of the event was extreme sports, Embassies were also invited to exhibit to promote tourism and their diverse cultures.

  • 2017.10.07-09. Yokohama International Festa 2017

    The Embassy participated in Yokohama International Festa 2017 at Grandmall Park, Yokohama from 7th-9th October 2017. The event is supported by NGOs aimed to encourage intercultural exchange and also supporting the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

  • 2017.10.05-08. Famous Japanese Musician/Media Artist, Mr. Pikotaro, Visits Uganda

    Mr. Pikotaro meets H.E the President at the Conservation and Tourism Forum in Kampala on 6th October 2017.

    The Embassy facilitated the visit of Mr. Pikotaro, the Musician of High Fame in Japan, to Uganda on 5th – 8th October 2017 in collaboration with Go! Go! Uganda Project Initiative based in Japan, with a strategy to increase the number of Japanese tourists going to Uganda.

    The project is an initiative to promote inward tourism to Uganda.  The Project Coordinator, Mr. Tim Kibira approached H.E. the Ambassador of Uganda in Japan, H.E Betty Grace Akech-Okullo with an idea of engaging the popularity of a Media/Music Star, Mr. PIKOTARO to spearhead the boosting of Ugandan tourism in Japan.

    The Ambassador made a video clip asking Mr. Pikotaro to support the Go! Go! Project Initiative to the same cause.  She also formally requested Mr. Pikotaro to become Uganda’s Tourism Ambassador in Japan. 

    Mr. Pikotaro therefore visited Uganda from 5th – 8th October 2017 with Fugi TV Crew, one of the biggest TV Companies in Japan.  He was also accompanied by the Associated Press who made footage of Uganda which they will be sharing with other TV Programs in Japan.

    Mr. Pikotaro was able to attend the Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum which was held on 6th October 2017 in Kampala where he met H.E the President who appointed him Uganda’s Tourism Ambassador in Japan over the next year 2018.  Mr. Pikotaro was also engaged in other Uganda tourism promotion activities in Uganda.  His visit to Uganda has already featured on some TV programs and press in Japan and other forms of social media.  He also intends to write a song which promotes Uganda’s tourism in Japan.
  • 2017.10.05. National Day Celebration of the Uganda Community in Korea

    H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo attended the National Day celebration of the Ugandan community in Korea on 5th October 2017.

  • 2017.10.01-03. The Embassy Participates in the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum

    Photo of the STS Forum 2017 from the STS Forum website (

    The Embassy participated in the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2017 which took place from October 1st to 3rd 2017 in Kyoto, Japan with the participation of 1,400 Global Leaders in Science and Technology, Policy Makers, the Business Community, drawn from all over the world, Media from 80 countries and International Organizations. The final plennary session was also graced by their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.

    During the 14th session, the Forum launched a new initiative to increase the participation of business leaders. 19 CEOs from prominent global companies attended. The new initiative also ensured attendance of Chief Technology officers who held a sideline meeting: 40 CTOs and Head of Research organizations participated.

    The 14th session also included Future Leaders Forum, the Academia and 15 Nobel Laureates. The forum held its preparatory meetings in Delhi (India), Brussels (Belgium), and Bali (Indonesia).

  • 2017.09.30-10.01. Global Festa JAPAN 2017 at Odaiba Center Promenade

    The Embassy participated in Global Festa JAPAN 2017 at Odaiba Center from 30th September to 1st October 2017.

    "Global Festa JAPAN" is the largest event in the Japan where government agencies, international organizations conducting international cooperation activities, NGOs, companies and others meet together. The purpose of the event is to have a deeper understanding and awareness about the current state and necessity of international cooperation through fun activities. This year, the event also aims to introduce the United Nations' (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • 2017.09.06. Welcoming Reception of ABE Initiative

    Deputy President of the Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship League / Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Asahiko Mihara (first row, third from right); JICA President, Prof. Shinichi Kitaoka (first row, middle); Embassy of Uganda in Japan Counselor, Mrs. Edith Namutebi Nsubuga (first row, first from left) with the Ugandan participants of the ABE Initiative's fourth batch.

    The Welcoming Reception for the fourth batch of participants of the Africa Business Education (ABE) Initiative for the Youth was held on 9th September 2017 at Toshi Center Hotel.

    Eight (8) students from Uganda (in photo) will undertake the Master's Degree and Internship Program in the fields of International Development, International Management, Animal Husbandry, Engineering, Agriculture, and Business Administration.

  • 2017.08.10. Meeting with Soka University Students

    The students of Soka University met with H.E. Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo to update the Ambassador on the University's Annual Founder's Cup Swahili Speech Contest. H.E. the Ambassador expressed the Embassy's support to the University and she also took the time to inform the students more about Uganda.

  • 2017.07.23. Uganda Night in CASACO, Yokohama

    Global Bridge Network held "Uganda Night" in Casaco, Yokohama on 23rd July 2017 attended by the Embassy's Counselor. The purpose of the event was to introduce Uganda. Ugandan alcohol, tea and coffee and snacks made in Uganda were served during the event. Photos, movies, music and books were also on display so people could feel and understand that Uganda is a beautiful country.

    Another event will be held on 27th August 2017 and everyone is invited to come. For more information, please click the link below:

  • 2017.07.15-17. Africa Heritage Festival at Shinjuku Central Park

    The Embassy participated in the Africa Heritage Festival at Shinjuku Central Park from 15th-17th July 2017. The event aims to deepen the exchange of culture and business between Japan and African countries that will lead to mutual future development.

  • 2017.05.29. Uganda-Japan Business Seminar in Osaka

    H.E. Betty Grace Akech Okullo delivered her opening remarks at the Uganda-Japan Business Seminar which was held at the Osaka Chamber of Commerce with the support of United Nations Industrial Development organization - Investment and Technology Promotion Office, (UNIDO-ITPO) in Tokyo. This was followed by a presentation form Uganda Investment Authority on the Ease of doing business in Uganda. Afterwards, presentations were made by Saraya, an Osaka based company that is doing business in Uganda and has already opened up a factory in Kampala and is already employing several Ugandans. Smiley Earth of Izumisano also made a presentation.

    The presentation of the Japanese companies in Uganda mostly focused on the opportunities that exist in Uganda and the suggested solution to curb the challenges that they face on a daily basis.

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  • 2017.05.26. Uganda-Japan Business Seminar in Tokyo

    The Embassy of Uganda in Japan together with support from Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and United Nations Industrial Development organization - Investment and Technology Promotion Office, (UNIDO-ITPO) in Tokyo, organized the first ever Uganda-Japan Business Seminar at JETRO Headquarters on Friday, 26th May 2017.

    Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives delivered the Keynote speech, Mrs. Jolly Kaguhangire, the Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority, made a presentation that focused on “The ease of investing and doing business in Uganda”. It is also worth mentioning that Mr Sam Engola, Former Minster of State for Housing and Urban Development, and a former Member of the Uganda national Chamber of Commerce and Industry made a presentation on “The strategic location of Uganda as a business hub: a regional perspective”. Several Japanese companies that are already carrying out business in Uganda also made presentations, after which a Question and Answer session was held such that potential investors could raise their concerns and the presenters could answer them.

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  • 2017.05.23. Uganda Business Seminar Hosted by UNIDO ITPO Tokyo

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Investment and Technology Transfer Promotion Office (ITPO) Tokyo will host a business seminar for Japanese companies based in the Osaka and Kansai areas and invited the Investment Promotion Officer from the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Ms. Hope Waira, as the main speaker.

    Date and time: May 29, 2017 (Monday) 14: 00-16: 15 (13: 45 reception start)

    Venue: My Dome Osaka 8F Meeting Room 6 (2-5 Honcho-bashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka)


    日 時: 2017年5月29日(月) 14:00~16:15 (13:45 受付開始)

    会 場: マイドームおおさか 8F 第6会議室(大阪市中央区本町橋2-5)


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  • 2017.04.26. Uganda-Japan Business Seminar

    The Embassy of Uganda and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are holding the Uganda-Japan Business Seminar on 26th May 2017 (Friday) at JETRO Exhibition Hall (5th Floor, JETRO Tokyo HQ).

    For registration and additional information, please visit

  • 2017.03.19. Seminar on Divorce and Immigration in Japan

    The Embassy held a seminar on Divorce and Immigration in Japan last 19th March 2017 at the Embassy. The seminar was attended by Ugandans in Japan through the mobilization efforts of Uganda Diaspora Japan (UDJ). The main speaker is Mr. Ian Lawson Davis, an English qualified Barrister with over 12 years experience in the Japanese legal arena and who has successfully handled a broad array of corporate, commercial, civil and maritime legal matters on a national and international level.

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