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Accounting professionals in Uganda meet to discuss more sustainable levels of human welfare

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Uganda held its members’ Conference 2018 at the Speke resort and conference center Munyonyo Kampala on 22-23 November under the theme, “Human, Financial and Natural Capital: enablers of sustainable development.”

The event was well-attended by over 250 conference participants. Attendees were highly engaged in sessions focused on the developments of Human Capital and the trends and future developments that will shape the way accounting professionals operate.The conference also explored the implications of massive technology development, talent management and capital flow.

The audiences were warmly received by Beatrice Isagayite Head, ACCA Uganda, as well as other senior member dignitaries including Japheth Katto, the outgoing council member, ACCA. In her opening remarks Ms Beatrice Isagayite, the head of ACCA Uganda reiterated the call for growth in membership, and said professional accountants are playing an important role in meeting the demands for both private and the public sector.

“We at ACCA have evolved our qualification to ensure that it continuously meets the needs and demands of our stakeholders including business and government. Through our qualification, we are developing dynamic and professional accountants, who are strategic forward thinkers, and equipping people with real world expertise they need to make an immediate impact in all types of organizations, be they public or private.

“About two weeks ago, we released an ACCA research report entitled, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: Redefining context, risk and opportunity in Africa’. This research provides a new prosperity creation framework for government, businesses and society to adhere to, and how their effective delivery will increasingly call upon the skills of professional accountants like yourselves,” she remarked.

Hon. Felix Mutati FCCA – ACCA Global Advocate 2017/18, was the keynote speaker at the Conference. Hon Mutati shared some challenges that he believed were hindering sustainable development in Africa. These included the increasing youth unemployment which is heightening inequalities in society, environmental degradation, trade conflicts between Western and Eastern superpowers impacting volume and pricing of African exports, inadequate foreign exchange reserves and the poor implementation culture in Africa when it comes to trade integration resolutions.

According to Hon. Mutati, accountants need to stop being shy and penetrate the public sector, which is the biggest engine of public resource in any country. He charged them not to let purely accounting issues be decided by economists or worse, politicians with no background in accounts.

The convention had a star-studded cast of presenters, each an expert in their field, to equip the accountants to do business in the ever changing global business environment. Alfred Brian Agaba broke down sustainability with his famous interpretation, “Here today, here tomorrow and here the day after tomorrow” while talking about the art of doing business in light of the U.N Sustainable development goals, Twebesa R. Mugisha charged the accountants to learn how to adapt to the situations, whether it is the surge of China on the world business scene or the advent of artificial intelligence. Francis Kamulegeya spoke about networking strategically and Daniel Kalinaki closed day one with an insightful discussion on social media and its impact on business today.

There were mixed feelings on day 2 as Dr. Enoch Twinoburyo told the participants that China was here to stay and they needed to look for the opportunities that lie in the increasing Chinese presence in Ugandan business. The convention was concluded with an in depth look at the economy business drivers for the future where Amos Wekesa spoke about tourism and the opportunities therein, Ernest Rubondo shared about oil and gas and how to leverage that to create sustainable development and Pepe Minambo challenged the participants to cultivate emotional intelligence.

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TECNO CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO launched at special Christmas Price

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Christmas is around the corner and so are all the juicy deals from top brands in Uganda. Today, TECNO Mobile Uganda has launched two new smart smartphones called the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO at a special Christmas price. The new phones have been described as the drivers for the future of selfies by some thanks to the ability to take bright and clear selfies with high quality powered by the new AI Technology.

The CAMON 11 duo exploits improved AI technology for selfie photography among many more AI- powered operational features like AI Bokeh effect, AI HDR, and AI automatic scene detection. Together with the super Notch Screen of 6.2inches and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offers consumers a better user experience.

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in-built in the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO is capable of doing a lot more than what previously seemed to be impossible by smartphones.

The revolutionary AI technology embedded in the CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera elevates the smartphone selfie experience.

For the Selfie-lovers, the high-end 24 or 16-megapixel front camera gives a whole new dimension of selfie experience. AI-technology smartly allows customers to create high-quality self-portraits with natural skin colour by optimizing the image, thereby achieving brighter colours and sharp contours.

The new CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO does not pride only in the new AI technology but also showcases its ability to give customers an impeccable experience right from the slick beautiful diamond fire design to the space and many more fantastic specs.

The new phones comes sealed fully accessorized with new headsets, charger, tempered glass, (screen guard) and pin.

CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO have been favourably priced to not only enable customers access it but it’s also time for giving and celebration, therefore the price is to give customers a reason to celebrate their festivities in style with a new super smart gadget. The new phones will be at a Recommended Retail Price of CAMON 11 UGX 578,000 and CAMON 11 PRO UGX 899,000.

The new CAMON 11 and Camon 11 PRO will be available country wide in all TECNO exclusive shops starting today 10th December 2018.

Below are the some of the spectacular features of to look out for;

AI Technology Captures More Beauty of You
New AI technology advances include more accurate facial recognition capability. CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO cameras are able to improve self-portraits with the help of AI Beauty by recognizing up to 240points on the face of the subject, delivering better beautification effects no matter the gender or age, and enabling self-learning capabilities based on user preferences, plus other added fun features. It also supports Face Unlock option and is equipped with its own powerful AI adjustable front LED flashlights, which allows to get beautiful and realistic photos with a certain flash level customized for you.

Taking selfies has never been better, thanks to the advanced 16 MP front camera for the CAMON 11 and 24 MP for the CAMON 11 PRO. These front cameras have the widest dynamic range due to the AI feature in HDR mode, guaranteeing perfect shots in any light. In low light conditions, the camera takes several pictures at once, combining them into one clear shot, which guarantees accurate detail processing and eliminates the problem of image blur. AI is also able to automatically recognize scenes and adapt to shooting conditions, as well as select the optimal parameters for a wide variety of shooting modes from sports to portrait.

The dual camera is designed for impressive shots to gain popularity in social networks. Night shooting mode is also based on AI-technology and provides high detail photos, even in conditions of limited lighting.

The storage- 6GBRAM + 64GB ROM
Set the pace with the new CAMON 11 PRO, powered by a ground-breaking 6GB RAM and 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, taking your “speed” to the next level. Feel free to watch your favourite videos, download content, play games, and with the help of machine learning technology, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO are able to accelerate the game and put the phone into anti-disturb mode for users, which will bring a more immersive gaming experience.

More Fun with Animoji

Animoji combines human expressions with 3D virtual expressions through Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and creates dynamic cartoon images in keyboard, which is embedded in the typewriting and allows for usage in all major instant messengers and social networks – Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, etc. Animated emoji reads facial movements and recreates them, making chatting with friends so much more fun!

Advanced HiOS Software – Favorite Apps at Your Fingertips
The HiOS software is intelligent enough to recognize your favourite apps and have them open in just 0.3s through your different fingerprints. One can set up “Google + Facebook + YouTube” to open using your forefinger print or access “Instagram + Google Map + Snapchat“via your mid-finger print, all at your personalized convenience.

Call Recording by Fingerprint

Conversations embody our relationships, fuel career growth, offer evidence for justice, and more. From helping us keep alive the memory of loved ones, to keeping records of legal discussions, conducting interviews or even making customer service calls, the CAMON 11 or CAMON 11 PRO makes recording calls a breeze. By just a simple tap of the fingerprint scanner, the call will be recorded immediately.

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Buganda Kingdom products to begin selling on Jumia

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Jumia and Majestic Brands Limited, Buganda Kingdom’s official investment arm, have announced a new partnership where all kingdom merchandise will be readily available on Jumia.

The Buganda Kingdom product assortment on Jumia includes, portraits of His Majesty – the King, Maama Nnaabegereka , marriage certificates, totems and memorabilia. All sales revenue will go to support the kingdom development projects.

The partnership was announced at a press event in Bulange, Mengo, and attended by Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Majestic Brands CEO Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, and Jumia CEO Ron Kawamara.

“The Buganda cultural and brand products are highly appreciated by millions of consumers globally. Today we are pleased to offer a new distribution channel for our customers to own the symbols and memorabilia that make up the norms and culture of this great kingdom”, Jumia CEO, Ron Kawamara said.

Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, Majestic Brands CEO said, “ We hereby request our people to conveniently make use of this platform to get these products.”

The eCommerce space in Uganda is on the rise, with Jumia receiving an average of 500,000 visitors per month, a 120% increase from last year.

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Immersion Uganda Sets Dates For Midnight Party Bus

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Immersion Uganda’s midnight party bus experience to Entebbe will officially set the tone for the party month of December. The party bus experience which is basically a tour bus fitted with lighting and sound, dancing, glow sticks, lots of alcohol and pizza, will be happening on Saturday, 22nd of December.

The fun is not just in the journey but the destination. The tour will involve hopping from bar to bar in Entebbe’s renowned joints like Riders, Street Club and De’Bar included on the itinerary. There will also be music mixes by DJ Chapat on the bus.

Partiers will be welcomed with shots on arrival at the bus included on the ticket price and guaranteed free and secure parking dedicated for all partiers at Hotel Africana, where the departure is slated at 6-7pm.

The bus will then return to Kampala with all the music, raving and drinks, pizza and bar hopping where Uber and designated driver rides will be available at the arrival.

ABOUT IMMERSION UGANDA

The ImmersionUG city tours agency is a brain child of Arthur Mwanje who has put a distinctly Kampala city in touch to epic tour offerings. Their best known tours are the ‘Kampala-On-Foot’ free city walking tour, the ‘Kampala-After-Dark’ tour rated by trip advisor as Kampala’s number one nightlife attraction, and their ‘SavourUganda’ food tasting tour.

They intend to provide a great way to get a first and engaging introduction to the city and spirit of it’s people, for visitors. The agency is run by passionate young locals, and are conducted in a fun, quirky and casual way. They allow guests to have an unusually intimate experience of Kampala and surrounding towns. More recently immersionug now arranges monthly events tailored towards locals and the Night Party Bus is a prominent example.

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