President Museveni Woos Japanese Companies To Supply Uganda On Value Addition

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has this afternoon received the Foreign Minister of Japan, Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa with his delegation at State house, Entebbe.
The discussion centered on how Japan can support Uganda specifically on value addition, by encouraging Japanese investors to set up in Uganda, as opposed to importing raw materials which keeps Africa and Uganda stunted despite having natural deposits capable of catapulting our economies.
President Museveni told the foreign Minister that the economy of the whole of Africa is 2.7 trillion Dollars which is smaller than GDP of Japan one country, Germany, and India.
He said that in the case of Uganda, some of the population is still outside the money economy (non-monetary GDP).” Africa is very deceptive, because you can live without money as long as you eat, if it is merely survival.” he said.

President Yoweri Museveni meets the Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi during his official visit to Uganda at the State House Entebbe on 2nd August 2023.

The president further informed the visiting foreign minister that until 2013, only 32 per cent of Ugandans were in the money economy, however, with government interventions, they have doubled the figure but presented us with another hurdle that those who are in the money economy are dealing in raw materials.

“We are therefore undergoing what is called perennial hemorrhage and it’s responsible for Africa’s stunting due to our bankrupt planners, coupled with external parasites who manipulate, interfere politically, and work with traitors to retard Africa”, the president said.

The Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi having a chat with the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeje Odongo during the Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister official visit to Uganda at the State House Entebbe on 2nd August 2023.

He therefore called on Japanese Manufacturing Companies to take interest in Uganda and add value to Ugandan products like Coffee.

President Museveni further requested the Japanese Foreign Minister to get companies that can make car batteries because Uganda has got Lithium. “We are already manufacturing electric cars, but we need car batteries.” President Museveni noted.

On his part, the foreign minister reiterated their desire to strengthen bilateral relations with Uganda, he said Japan as the G7 Presidency attaches great importance to listening directly to the voice of Africa

He pledged to continue to support Uganda in the Health sector and also informed the President that Japanese companies are getting increasingly interested in Ugandan companies especially Startups in order for them to grow and become bigger businesses.
Mr. Yoshimasa also pledged to look into the President’s request to get companies that make car batteries.

The meeting was also attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Hindemoto Fukuzawa, Hon. Gen. Jeje Odongo, Uganda’s foreign Minister, Gen. Katumba Wamala, the minister of works & transport and the Attorney General, Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka.