By Cohen Mwesigwa
KAMPALA, UGANDA. Japan has recognized Mr. Lawrence Katekyeza Kiiza, the former director economic affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for his tremendous contribution to Japan-Uganda economic relations
“On 17th July, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, announced to confer the commendation upon Mr. Lawrence Katekyeza Kiiza for his tremendous contribution to Japan-Uganda economic relations. He is recognized particular for the greater understanding about Uganda’s development strategies among Japan’s academic circles on one hand, and about Japanese model of development assistance among Uganda’s policy makers, using his position of the Director of Economic Affairs for more than 10 years,” reads the statement Monday 17th July 2018. Adding, “Mr. Kiiza contributed a chapter to the book titled, ‘Diversity and Complementarity in Development Aid edited by the GRIPS Development Forum of Japan.
In a statement issued by Mr. Tadakazu Kanno, the general affairs and apolitical affairs officer, Japan Embassy, Uganda, Mr Kizza is commended for presentations to Japanese audiences on economic and development policies in Uganda, which not only educated Japanese people but also helped them feel Uganda closer.”
He is also attended five Tokyo International Conference on African Development summits out of total six summits as part of the Ugandan delegation.
Japan Foreign Minister’s commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. The commendations also aim to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for the activities of the recipients.