PM Rugunda chats with Hon Shinsuke, Japan MoS for Lands, Infrastucture,Transport and Tourism during the Uganda-Japan Public-Private Conference for High Quality Infrastucture at Hotel Africana (Photo by PMPU)
He highlighted the need for improvement of infrastructure, noting that high quality infrastructure is urgent because it eases transport, it is durable, secure and safe and also deters slow economic progress of a country.
Shinsuke urged government to enhance the control of traffic and use high quality infrastructure in the urbanisation process.
The Japanese Minister assured the participants that the conference will enhance the technological transfer and human resource development of Ugandans.
Uganda’s Minister of Works and Transport, Eng Monica Ntege Azuba, requested the Japanese government through JICA to improve the capacity of local contractors so that they can be able to participate effectively in the development of Uganda.
She also thanked the Japanese government for the continued support rendered to the government of Uganda through JICA to improve the control of traffic flow by establishing junctions at Natete, Wandegeya, Nsambya, Ggaba and other places of the country.
The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E Kazuaki Kameda said Japan is keen to the development of African countries and thus pledged its continued support to Uganda in her development projects especially the road transport network.
He however, urged Ugandan participants in the conference to freely communicate the challenges the country is facing in the transport sector to enable exchange of ideas and solutions.
The conference brings together 23 leading Japanese companies that will present and share expertise knowledge and skills regarding infrastructure with different construction ministries, companies and contractors.
By Doreen Nasasira