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MTN bags prestigious international award.

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MTN LOGOBarely 21 years of age since it was formed, MTN has joined an elite group of household brands such as Apple and Coca Cola after being voted the Brand of the Year in the telecommunications category at the World Branding Awards in London, United Kingdom.

MTN was one of over 2,500 brand nominated from 35 countries to be eligible for this much-sought after accolade. Only 119 brands were selected as the winners in their respective categories, and MTN emerged as the only brand in the telecommunications sector that qualified to receive this award.

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Winners of the World Branding Awards are judged on three variables, namely brand valuation, consumer market research and public online voting.

“This prestigious accolade is testament to the work that has been done by our colleagues, employees and partners in building our brand,” says Larry Annetts, Sales and Marketing Executive: MTN South Africa.

This recognition to MTN follows the #1 Most Valuable Brand for 2015 accolade that was conferred to MTN by Brand Finance Plc, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and ratings firm, earlier this month.

“These awards are indicative of the milestones we are achieving in our quest to continue to create a distinct customer experience to our stakeholders,” Annetts concludes.

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MTN Uganda Momo Nyabo campaign comes to end after straight 8 weeks

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MTN Uganda today ended their 8 week streak for her popular Momo Nyabo campaign that rewarded users for using MTN mobile money. The final giveaway event was held in Katwe market with the company handing over the last two cars of the campaign, two last motorcycles along with ither goodies. Moses Ogen and Ruth Nakasozi were the last winners of the Toyota Wish cars while Wegulo Kharim, and Ozuga Santos walked away with the last two motorcycles.The Momo Nyabo campaign this year, MTN Uganda has given away 24 cars, 36 motorcycles, and 160 smartphones.

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During the final giveaway, MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager MFS products; Mr. Christopher Ssali on behalf of the telco thanked all its customers that have support them in past 20 years. He also added that it’s mobile money service is 10 years old.

“We thank our customers for supporting us over the last 20 years of MTN operation and 10 years of MTN mobile money,” he said.

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Cipla Quality Chemical Industries increases production capacity by more than 50%

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At Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited’s (QCIL) first annual general meeting (AGM), the company announced it was poised for future success, thanks to key growth drivers such as the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), private market growth and product portfolio expansion. The company’s production capacity also increased from 80 million tablets per month to 130 million tablets over the past six months. The company is undertaking an ambitious technology transfer programme to enable new products to be manufactured at its facility including a paediatric treatment for malaria, a treatment to prevent tuberculosis in newly diagnosed HIV patients and a cure for Hepatitis C.

According to the Ugandan Health Ministry, more one million people have been infected with malaria in Uganda in the past two months : CiplaQCIL has capacity to help remedy this pandemic, holding as it does and emergency stockpile of malaria treatments enough to treat 1.25mn adult patients. It was recently awarded the first tender by the USA President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) for WHO Prequalified antimalarials to an African-based manufacturer. Apart from the PMI, the company also has a long-running supply agreement with the Government of Uganda as well as a supply contract with the Global Fund, which has enabled CiplaQCIL to supply more than 25 million malaria treatments across Africa in 2018/19.

CEO of CiplaQCIL, Nevin Bradford, said: “The company is strategically placed to maximize this opportunity due to the in-market presence, cost advantage due to lower freight charges versus non-African based manufacturers and our heightened ability to respond quickly to orders.” This substantiates our mission to provide African solutions for Africans.

CiplaQCIL is also making inroads into the private market in order to diversify the company’s patient based in Uganda, in order to treat not only those dependent on the government health sector but also private patients.

The business goal is to increase the product portfolio through new medicines for the treatment of marginalized or dreaded diseases and empower Uganda and Africa to treat the most feared diseases (malaria, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B) through more affordable, quality and efficacious medicines. Bradford said: “We currently supply ARVs to more than 500 000 people living with HIV in Uganda and Zambia. We’re also exploring technology transfers to enable us to manufacture other medication such as oncology drugs, where accessibility to treatment is still a big challenge in Uganda.”

CiplaQCIL plans to be registered in 22 countries in Africa by 2020, serving as a platform to build partnerships in these new markets. Although it is not expected that the journey will always be smooth, CiplaQCIL’s robust growth strategy bodes well for realising future potential and enables long-term growth.

With this expansion in mind, CiplaQCIL has completed a Ushs 12 billion, 4 500 pallet storage facility, distribution centre and warehouse in December 2018

Executive Chairman, Emmanuel Katongole, said: “As a company newly listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange, we hope to create avenues for regular and constructive dialogue with our shareholders to align their interests with the business objectives all the while striving to serve all Ugandans to eradicate disease and ensure quality of life.”

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MTN Uganda supports the Rotary Cancer Run

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As has been the case in the previous years, MTN Uganda staff will join the Rotary community in the Cancer Run that is slated for this Sunday in Kampala and in all major towns across the country in a bid to raise funds for the construction of two Bunkers that will ease the treatment of cancer.

While receiving the cancer run kits on behalf of MTN Uganda staff at Nyonyi gardens today, Bryan Mbasa, the Acting Senior Manager MTN Foundation said that the cancer run is a noble event with good intentions in the area of health that the MTN Foundation is also involved in.

“We have been supporting the Cancer Run over the years because as the MTN Foundation, we are passionate about the area of health. We believe that good health is critical to the development of the country,” Mbasa said.

Mbasa also noted that in the past, MTN Uganda has supported the Uganda cancer institute under its corporate social responsibility dubbed ’21 days of yellow care’.

Rotarian Juliet Kyokunda, the Chair of this year’s Cancer Run lauded MTN for supporting the initiative over the years.

“MTN Uganda has supported the cancer run over the years because just like Rotary, the MTN Foundation is involved in humanitarian work which entails health. Working with them is seamless and I have high hopes that our partnership will get stronger,” Kyokunda said.

Now in its eighth year, the Cancer Run, is an annual event which aims at mobilizing funds for setting up cancer treatment and management infrastructure around the country.

From the previous cancer runs, a 36 bed capacity cancer center and a blood bank have been constructed in Nsambya and Mengo hospitals respectively. Both facilities are fully functional and running.

This year’s mission remains collecting funds for the construction of two bunkers to accommodate two linear accelerator machines that are used for the treatment of Cancer. The two bunkers have been estimated to cost 18 billion shillings (USD 4.5m). So far, 1.8 billion shillings has been collected and is available in the bank.

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