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MTN to celebrate 20 years in Uganda with futuristic expo

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MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte addresses the press at the launch event.

MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte addresses the press at the launch event.

MTN Uganda has announced the start of a six-month-long celebration campaign to mark 20 years of operations in Uganda. In 1998, MTN Uganda started operations, entering the Uganda market as the Second National Operator (SNO) with an initial licence of 20 years. MTN has since successfully applied and has been granted a 10-year extension to its SNO licence.

This month of October, MTN Uganda will be turning 20 years and under the theme “Celebrating the past, inspiring the future”, the company will conduct a number of commemorative activities starting with an MTN@20 Expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds starting Friday, October 19th, 2018 and ending on Monday 22nd October 2018 with visits by pupils from various primary schools around Kampala.

“It has been an incredible 20 years journey for MTN Uganda. At the expo, together with our partners, we shall be showcasing the part – where MTN has come from – and what we anticipate the future will be for us and more importantly for our customers,” Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) MTN Uganda said at a press conference to announce the 20-year festive calendar.

The expo will celebrate bits of history including a museum to show the journey of where the MTN brand (in Uganda) has come from but will also be heavy on the future including having a display and test drive of the 5G powered – driverless car being tested by the MTN Group. Visitors to the expo will get a feel of what a “connected or smart home” offers as well as access to massive smartphone discounts. Expect to see a connected, smart cow and get to see how we’ll soon manage our cattle herd. There will be engagement with robotics and spectacular 3D mapping and laser show displays. Other attractions include a circus show, performances from some of Uganda’s big-name artistes, fireworks display and a special production from renown Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu among others.

“We started with one customer in 1998 and 20 years later in 2018, we have a customer base of more than 11 million. This growth we cannot take for granted and thank Uganda for embracing MTN in the way they have.,” Mr. Vanhelleputte said. This success wouldn’t have been achievable without the support of partners, who have over the years worked with MTN to connect every single corner of this country.

Mr. Vanhelleputte, specially applauded Stanbic bank, Huawei, Coca cola, Club beer and Huawei who, together with several other corporate entities are supporting the MTN@20 Expo.

Speaking on behalf of Stanbic Bank Uganda, Emma Mugisha – Head of Corporate and Investment Banking said, “As a long partner, we are extremely proud to be celebrating this significant milestone as we commemorate 20 years of MTN in Uganda. Stanbic Bank is MTN’s longest financial services partner over the past 10 years and our partnership has grown from strength to strength contributing to the growth of Uganda’s telecom sector. The bank has been instrumental in providing the key financial solutions supporting MTN’s investments in their network and as the key escrow account holder supported the growth of mobile money in the Uganda.”

The expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds will be one of several other expos and activities that will be executed to mark the 20 years milestone. In 2019, between January and March, the expos will go regional and shall be taking place in several towns across the country. The towns include Entebbe, Jinja, Mbale, Gulu, Arua, Mubende, Hoima, Masaka, Fort Portal, and Mbarara.

Campaigns for the remainder of 2018 including the MTN Kampala Marathon, festive season promotions and others in the first quarter of 2019, will be executed as part of activities celebrating this landmark.

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Nile Special Stout now Rugby Sponsors

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With the Rugby Premier League kicking off today Friday 29 November with the first night game between the first and second clubs, we learned that the league has a new sponsor in the all new Nile Special Stout. 

At a press briefing Thursday at the Kyadondo Rugby Club, the new Stout from Nile Breweries unveiled a mouth-watering UGX670M sponsorship package.

Speaking at the launch of the league, the president Uganda Rugby Union Godwin Kayangwe saluted Nile Breweries as solid partners and investors in the development of the game in Uganda given their decade-long partnership.

“We wholeheartedly welcome Nile Special Stout as the title sponsor of the League and are privileged that rugby has been selected as the anchor sponsorship. This is testament to the growth of the game as an entertaining spectacle. And while we will always have a special place for Nile Special, we will embrace Nile Special Stout on this new journey as we’ve launched our new ambitious strategy to make rugby the leading sport in the country. Thank you Nile Breweries for truly living the line “Number one fan of Uganda Rugby” and we pledge to give Nile Special Stout a great landing as it’s launched to the rest of the country,” said Mr. Kayangwe.

The Nile Special Stout brand manager Francis Nyende affirmed that even though the sponsorship has changed hands to the new brand, Nile Special Stout, the commitment to partnering rugby is as high as it’s ever been.

“Rugby is much more than a game. It’s a lifestyle, a livelihood for some, an entertainment for many and a proud flag bearer of our country. As a bold, dark and satisfying liquid, we share certain intrinsic values with rugby players and fans and as the first and only stout crafted in Uganda, Nile Special Stout is proud to partner with such a great property that consistently flies our flag high and proud.” said Francis.

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Exim Bank launches Prepaid Cards

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Exim bank introduces Prepaid Cards.

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Exim Bank has launched a new banking solution aimed at driving financial inclusion and bolstering the cashless economy. The new product, a Visa Prepaid Card, was unveiled on Friday during a launch ceremony held at their head offices along Hannington road in Kampala.

Addressing guests, Mr. Sabhapathy T. Krishnan, the CEO Exim Bank Uganda said, “the Visa Prepaid Card is a journey we have undertaken at Exim Bak today as we strive to bring convenience and digitize the Ugandan economy by making it cashless and enabling financial inclusion of the unbanked.”

He further revealed that the prepaid card is just one of the many steps they have undertaken in the last 12 months towards digitization of transactions and bringing convenience to their customers.

“We have expanded our branch network, launched agency banking and also introduced mobile and internet banking in the past one.This is in a bid to bring experiences available in other parts of the world to our customers.” Mr. Sabhapathy added.

Prepaid Cards combine the convenience of a credit or debit card, but allow you to set your spending limit according to your budget. The cards are available to everyone, regardless of credit rating, income, or whether or not you hold an EXIM Bank account.

The payment platform for the cards will be the Visa network and transactions will be authorized online, real time with no risk of unauthorized overdraft as customer can only make use of funds they have already paid for.

The card can be used to transact globally and supports transactions in upto five currencies including UGX and USD with the card ceiling being UGX 25 Million or USD 15,000.

Moses Watasa, the commissioner of information dissemination monitoring and inspection at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, who was also guest of honor commended Exim Bank on the innovation and noted that it will go a long way in encouraging financial discipline.

“We have 6.5 million internet users in Uganda today, and that figure is projected to grow by 50% by 2025. Therefore the launch of this innovation is very timely,” Moses Watasa noted, adding that, “this is a good innovation that will promote financial discipline and facilitate a saving culture with in the country. Saving encourages investment which in turn leads to growth of the economy.”

To register for the Prepaid Card, the customer is required to complete an Application Form and provide a valid National ID for Ugandan Citizens/Passport for foreigners as well as one passport size photo.

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Centenary Bank rewards Kampala’s first winners in trolley bash shopping bonanza

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Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi (4th L), General Manager Corporate Communications , and Marketing at Centenary Bank, poses for a photo with CenteChrismas Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners, and Centenary Bank Staff. This was during the reward of the 1st batch of Kampala Trolley Dash winners.

Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi (4th L), General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank, poses for a photo with CenteChrismas Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners, and Centenary Bank Staff. This was during the reward of the 1st batch of Kampala Trolley Dash winners.

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Centenary Bank continues to broaden its banking services with the aim of offering Ugandans convenient banking experiences through its alternative digital banking services.

While addressing the media at the Trolley dash held at Capital Shoppers Nakawa in which four customers were announced winners, Ms. Beatrice Lugalambi, the General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank said that, “we are pleased to be rewarding four winners from our 1st batch of Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza winners from the Central region. The Central region constitutes the biggest percentage of our customers, and we ought to give back to them, while delivering an enjoyable digital baking experience, all for their benefit”.

“In line with our current festive season slogan at the Bank ‘Christmas has come early’, which rhymes with our promo, customers who use our alternative banking channels; CenteMobile, CenteVisa and CenteAgent to carryout transactions at least three times a week will be rewarded throughout the promo duration,” Lugalambi added.

So far, over 300 customers through the promo have won cash, Gift Hampers and Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza’s across the country in Mbale, Arua, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Masaka. Winners of the Trolley Dash Shopping Bonanza at Capital Shoppers Nakawa include; Mr. Kayongo Daniel, Ms. Phiona Kesiime, Mr Charles Wamalia, and Ms. Esther Adeke,

The CenteChristmas promo which was launched on November 05th, 2019 will run until December 31st, 2019. To stand a chance to win, bank customers will need to use the services at least thrice a week.

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