Parliament pays tribute to outgoing Japanese ambassador

Parliament pays tribute to outgoing Japanese ambassador
Tayebwa hailed Amb Hidemoto

While paying his tribute on Tuesday, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa hailed Hidemoto for lobbying the Japanese government to increase funding to Uganda in critical sectors.

PARLIAMENT - Parliament has hailed outgoing Japanese ambassador to Uganda, Fukazawa Hidemoto, for strengthening trade and investment between the two countries.

The ambassador will be leaving Uganda after completing his tour of duty, and has been described as a friend to many.

While paying his tribute on Tuesday, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa hailed Hidemoto for lobbying the Japanese government to increase funding to Uganda in critical sectors.

“He had been able to lobby for the people of Uganda for increased funding to sectors ranging from; health, education, University research, infrastructure, energy team and you know Japan is associated with quality," Tayebwa said.

The Government Chief Whip, Hamson Obua, thanked Hidemoto for his efforts in ensuring that the Uganda Athletics team participated in the 2022 Tokyo Olympics at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, that saw Uganda produce remarkable results.

“He is the reason why Uganda participated in the 2022 Olympics Games and ended up putting up the most viable competition in our post-independence history. I want to thank him because he coordinated our team very well, remember the 2022 Olympics were held during the COVID-19 pandemic, he connected Uganda to the pre-trial camp in two cities.”

Bunya West MP Aggrey Bagiire told Parliament that during his tenure at the Ministry of State for Transport, the outgoing ambassador had pitched a plan to provide defensive driving skills to all motorists in Uganda.

According to Bagiire, Hidemoto’s efforts aimed at reducing the road carnage that is claiming lives of mostly the young people.

“I remember I had a discussion at the time and he told me that one of the challenges Uganda is facing is the death of young people on the roads and he brought in an idea of training drivers in defensive driving. He wanted to bring in machines in this country to train drivers like they train pilots to make sure that we reduce on the road carnage in this country.” Bagiire said.

Hidemoto tour of duty, which began in October 2020, has seen milestone projects implemented, including the New River Nile Bridge and the Kampala Flyover project.

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