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Airtel Uganda’s Revolutionary “TUGABANE” wins ICT for Development accolade at 2016 ACIA awards.

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The Uganda Communications Commission, has recognized Airtel Uganda for their contribution to ICT development at the sixth edition of the annual ACIA Awards.

Airtel Uganda won the “ICT for Development” award for their “Tugabane” product; an enhanced internet product which allows an internet customer to subscribe to a data bundle on one mobile line while adding up to 4 other mobile numbers to surf from the same bundle. This data sharing option has close to no restrictions- allowing customers to surf from any geographical location using any internet enabled device.

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The award was presented to representatives from Airtel Uganda during the ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel Conference Centre.

Airtel Uganda team led by Legal and Regulatory Director Dennis Kakonge receive an award from UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi at the 2016 ACIA awards.

Airtel Uganda team led by Legal and Regulatory Director Dennis Kakonge receive an award from UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi at the 2016 ACIA awards.

Established in 2010, the ACIA Awards purport to foster innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations. They provide a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success. The awards were established in 2010 by the Uganda Communications Commission and have since recognized and awarded various innovations across several sectors including: Young Innovators, Business Excellence, Service Excellence, ICT for Development, and Digital Content. These winners and runners up of these five categories are determined by a panel of eminent and independent judges.

Commenting on the win, Airtel Uganda’s Marketing Director, Prasoon Lal said “Tugabane” was launched to enhance internet connectivity among Ugandans.

Since its inception, “Tugabane”, the first innovation of its kind in the Ugandan Mobile Internet industry, has seen continued increase in uptake by Airtel Uganda customers. The product has also rivaled traditional Wi-Fi hotspots which have limited coverage.

“On behalf of Airtel Uganda, I would like to express our gratitude to the Uganda Communications Commission which has provided a platform that allows for companies like ours to be celebrated for both our innovations and passions,” Lal said.

‘”Tugabane” is more that sharing data. It is convenient, fast, transcends location and finally, gives our customers data bundles at the most affordable rates,” he concluded.

Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission said, “…the purpose of the ACIA awards is to encourage individuals, academia, industry, government agencies and other entities to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges.” He thanked this year’s participants and called for increased participation in the coming year.

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National Drug Authority commemorates 25 years of providing effective drug regulation

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Through a series of activities, the National Drug Authority (NDA) on Thursday commemorated 25 years of providing effective drug regulation at Hotel Africana. The events kicked off with a Thanksgiving service, presided over by the provost of all saints Cathedral Kampala, Rev.Canon.Dr Rebecca Nyegenye.

The Authority also held an expo where the general public had the opportunity to engage and interact with experts on various issues related to drugs and their regulation, including herbal medication, veterinary practices, appropriate medicine use, identification of fake and/or expired drugs, how to access safe medicines, and even how to start a pharmaceutical business.

Crowning off the celebrations was a grand dinner that was graced by the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng as the Guest of Honour.

Over the years, one of NDA’s key milestones has been the establishment of quality assurance measures to guard against the presence of substandard and/or counterfeit drugs (human and veterinary) on the market. This encompasses good manufacturing practice, inspection of drug factories, physical inspection of all consignments received at designated ports of entry, and testing of samples picked from health facilities, pharmacies and drug shops.

At the dinner celebrations NDA launched an online management information system “NDAMIS” that handles processes like drug registration, licensing of phamacies,import authorization and GMP which makes these functions much more efficient and convenient to the customers.

In his remarks the NDA Chairman Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo extended appreciation to the current and previous Drug authority members that have worked tirelessly in guiding the operations of NDA amidst several health challenges.Further to that he stated that ‘We are extremely grateful for the support of government and all our partners.We remain committed to serving Ugandans on this journey towards safe public health through the effective regulation of medicines’.

The Minister lauded NDA’s efforts on ensuring the safety of drugs and curbing fake drugs on the market and most importantly taking on critisms positively. “Theres an increasing public public emand for quality medicines and NDA has evolved to meet public expectation.In Uganda ,the government has invested alot of effort and resources in medicine regulation on an ever increasing scale to ensure that population continues to have progressively better health outcomes , she added.

The acting secretary to the authority requested for continued active support, cooperation and commitment from government and all stakeholders to enable NDA carryout out its drug regulatory activities for a better Uganda with safe, effective and quality medicines and healthcare products.

NDA has regional offices in: Central (Nakawa), Northern (Lira), South-Eastern (Jinja), South-Western (Mbarara), West Nile (Arua), Western (Hoima) and Eastern (Tororo).

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Lucky Shell Select customers rewarded with kitchen makeover

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Lucky Shell Select customers rewarded with kitchen makeover

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the Shell Licensee in Uganda has rewarded five lucky customers with a Kitchen Makeover. These lucky customers participated in the promotion dubbed “Win AKitchen Makeover” that ran from 1st April to 31st May this year at 21 selected Shell Shops.

At the grand draw held on June 19th, the five lucky people were: Farhan Mughal, a regular customer at Shell Bunga; Barbra Mutonyi, who works with Ministry of Lands; Edmond Mwetise, a lawyer by profession and shops from Shell Ntinda; Caroline Nakiganda, who is self-employed and Zerida Nakandi, a farmer from Kamuli.

Speaking at the award ceremony held at Shell Bugolobi, Evelyn Driciru, Brand Manager Convenience Retail said, “We want to thank all our customers who participated in the Kitchen Makeover promotion in the month of April and May 2019. Because of your support and loyalty towards Shell, we are committed to rewarding you.”

She further noted, “as a market leader, we continuously giving our customers reasons tochoose us as we work towards offering convenience and turning our stations into a one-stop shop for our customers. This is the reason behind the upgrade to include services such as mobile banking, restaurants, tyre center, ATM’s, coffee shops, Shell Select stores and many more that are yet to be introduced.”

The participating Shell select stores include; Shell Select Entebbe, Kabalagala, Bugolobi, Lugogo, Ntinda, Old Kampala, Stretcher, Kira Road, Bunga, Jinja Road, Mengo, Namirembe, Kasangati, Ambercourt, Banda, Kireka, Kitende, Nansana City, Mulago, Kazi, and Buddu.

The promotion was meant to revamp Shell Select Stores by offering a wider range of services to both motorists who fuel and service their vehicles at Shell as well as shoppers seeking quick and convenient shopping.

To participate in the promotion, customers were required to visit any of the participating Shell Select store, spend at least 50,000 shillings and fill in a raffle ticket to enter a weekly draw to win free shopping worth UGX 50,000. This automatically entered them into the grand draw to stand a chance to win kitchen essentials including fridges, 12kg Shell Gas Lite cylinders, microwaves, blenders, kettles and coffee makers.

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Metroplex Shopping Mall – Naalya set for redevelopment

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Marc Du Toit, the Head of Retail at Knight Frank Uganda

Marc Du Toit, the Head of Retail at Knight Frank Uganda addresses media.

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Metroplex Shopping Mall in Naalya is set for redevelopment. This after it was sold off to Gateway Delta, a Mauritian real estate development company.

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This was announced by Marc Du Toit, the Head of Retail at Knight Frank Uganda who were charged with management of the mall and also brokered the purchase deal.

“Knight Frank Uganda is pleased to announce the sale of Metroplex Shopping Mall to Gateway Delta. Gateway Delta have purchased Metroplex Shopping Mall as a redevelopment opportunity.” Marc Du Toit told media during a press briefing held at Golden Tulip hotel on Tuesday.

According to Pumi Lukhele, the Development Manager at Gateway Delta, negotiations for the acquisition of the mall have already been finalized and  approximately US$20 million earmarked for the project.

“We are currently finalizing the acquisition of Metroplex Shopping Mall and local consultants have already been appointed to commence with the redevelopment process.” Pumi Lukhele revealed. “The interior of the mall itself will receive a major revamp, including realignment of the mall for improved visibility.”

The mall will be revamped into a shopping and entertainment hub hosting diverse leisure and entertainment offerings, grocery stores, cafés and restaurants and a diverse array of fashion stores among others.

French based supermarket, Carrefour, who recently announced their entry into Uganda has already booked to become the anchor tenant. Other international retailers including Woolworths, Bata, Aga Khan, and Pep among others are also said to have shown interest in opening outlets at the mall.

The mall is expected to officially open in April 2020.

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