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Over 100 women entrepreneurs expected to take part in Rising Woman Expo

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dfcu WiB Manager, Victoria Byenka at the Rising Woman training in Kampala.

dfcu WiB Manager, Victoria Byenka at the Rising Woman training in Kampala.

Over 100 women led businesses will be showcasing their products and services at the Rising Woman Expo in Kampala on Friday 16th and Saturday, 17th November 2018. The Expo is a culmination of the Rising Woman initiative that was launched in July 2018 by Monitor Publications Limited’s (MPL) flagship brand Daily Monitor in partnership with dfcu Bank’s Women in Business (WiB) Program and Uganda Investment Authority-UIA to recognize, celebrate and promote a culture of mentorship among women in business in Uganda.

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According to the Chairlady dfcu WiB Dr. Gudula Naiga Basaza, having over 100 women entrepreneurs in one place presents numerous learning and networking opportunities. “Access to information is one of the major challenges for women entrepreneurs. The Expo will provide invaluable resources for small-to-medium business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to share knowledge and move their business forward,” says Dr. Basaza.

Speaking at the press launch of the Expo, Tony Glencross, MD NMG in Uganda, reiterated NMGs commitment to supporting the growth of women. “It is our role as NMG to provide platforms for businesses to showcase what they do. The Expo provides an experiential way of doing the same and we are so proud of the Rising Women who continue to exhibit impeccable business skills in a tough market,” he said. “As part of the Expo there will be a series of business clinics on topics including; How to effectively sell/market products, embracing digital platforms to grow business and Juggling business and family.”

Since the launch of initiative in July this year over six hundred and fifty (650) women across the country women have been trained in matters of taxation, record keeping, investment licenses, importance of business registration and marketing. This brings to over thirty-five thousand (35,000) the total number of women who have benefited from the dfcu WiB capacity building sessions since inception of the programme in 2007.

As part of the Rising Woman initiative women entrepreneurs were also invited to submit business proposals for a chance to win cash prizes of up to UGX 30m. The top 3 winners will be recognised and rewarded with UGX 15m, UGX 10m and UGX5m at an Awards dinner to be held on the 16th of November on the sidelines of the Expo. The final 10 will go on an all-expense paid study trip to Nairobi.

“The knowledge and networks will be valuable to the women entrepreneurs. It is our hope that when they return, they too will share this knowledge and mentor other women in line with one of objectives of the Rising Woman,” Dr. Basaza added.

Ms. Vivienne Yeda Apopo, Director General of the East African Development Bank will formally open the Expo that will take place at Hotel Africana – People’s Space and also officiate at the Awards dinner on the 16th of November, 2018.

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Pizza Hut unveils special group offer

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Travis Purcell, Head of Operations Pizza Hut Africa speaking during the media lunch held on Thursday.

Travis Purcell, Head of Operations Pizza Hut Africa, speaking during a media luncheon held on Thursday.

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Pizza Hut Uganda unveiled a new promotion targeting groups as they hosted media to a luncheon at their Kisementi branch on Thursday. Dubbed “Wow Triples”, the new offer will include a trio of discounted pizzas making it suitable for any sharing occasion.

According to Travis Purcell, the new Wow Triple packs will make it easier and better for people to hang-out with their friends and family.

“We have discounted our pizza offerings to make it easier for people to enjoy them in groups, be it with friends or family.” He said. “This is a limited time offer, available on some our most popular flavours, and will run until the end of the year.”

Pizza Hut’s Wow Triple offer is available on seven flavors which include; Margherita, Pepperoni, BBQ Beef, BBQ Chicken, Tandoori Veg, Sweet Chili Chicken and Veggie Supreme

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dfcu CEO Juma Kisaame quitting the bank

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dfcu Bank CEO Juma Kisaame speaking at the dfcu Limited 53rd AGM.

Juma Kisaame speaking at the dfcu Limited 53rd AGM held in June this year.

After eleven illustrious years at the helm of leadership at the second largest Bank in Uganda, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Juma Kisaame will be leaving dfcu in the first quarter of 2019 on retirement and will be succeeded by Mr. Mathias Katamba. Mr Katamba will take over the leadership role at dfcu Bank as CEO starting from January 2, 2019.

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Announcing the management changes dfcu Bank Board Chairman Jimmy D. Mugerwa said,”Juma Kisaame has had notable achievements some of which include playing a key role in assisting dfcu Limited, the holding company, realign the shareholding that brought on board strategic partners like Arise Investments BV that include Rabobank, Norfund (later NorFinance) and FMO. He also led the most successful acquisitions in the banking industry in Uganda when dfcu Bank acquired some assets and took over some liabilities of Global Trust (U) Ltd Bank (In liquidation) in 2014 and later in 2017 acquired some assets and assumed some liabilities of Crane Bank Limited (In Receivership).”

The Chairman went on to express his appreciation to Kisaame for his professional and personal commitment during his tenure as CEO and his extraordinary leadership that increased shareholders value; saw dfcu Bank rise to become the second largest bank in the country; resulting in three-fold balance sheet growth to over three trillion Uganda shillings, a customer base of close to one million and a network of 65 branches.

Mr. Mathias Katamba, who joins the Bank from Housing Finance Bank, has over fifteen (15) years’ experience in the Finance & Banking sector, twelve (12) of which have been at C-Suite level. With vast expertise in Strategic Management & Investor relations, Retail Banking and strong business acumen, Mathias holds an M.Sc. in Financial Management from the University of London, has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Education at Harvard
University and the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We look forward to his taking the helm at dfcu and believe he is well placed to continue the progress of the bank, building on the successes of his predecessor to the benefit of all stakeholders, contributing to the very important business sector in which dfcu operates and to the growth of the Uganda economy as a whole,” the Chairman concluded.

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Huawei boosts MTN Kampala Marathon with UGX250 Million  

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Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has today boosted the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon with UGX250 million towards maternal health in Uganda. The confirmation and Cheque handover took place at Huawei Uganda Offices at the Cube Building, Kisementi in Kampala.

The 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon is set to take place on Sunday 25th November at the Kololo Independence grounds, with the aim of raising funds towards Maternal Health Care in Uganda to ensure safe childbirth, for expectant mothers regardless of their means or where they come from.

“Huawei considers social good in prioritizing business development by looking at enormous needs in developing countries and considering outreaches that have the greatest impact such as the MTN Marathon. That is why today we are going to handover our contribution of 250 million Uganda shillings to maternal health through the Marathon. We are sure that with this contribution, Uganda can only be a better place,” says Mr. Liujiawei, Managing Director, Huawei Uganda.

MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Olivier Prentout represented the CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte at the handover; and hailed Huawei for its partnership.

“MTN Uganda acknowledges and commends Huawei for its willingness to respond to the call to ensure that the Marathon continues to be a resounding success year in year out. It has been 14 years of organising the MTN Kampala Marathon and we therefore find it extremely important to collectively mobilise and continue to channel support to communities in need,” he said.

Adding, “Our longstanding work relationship with Huawei has birthed innovative digital solutions which have transformed the digital landscape for Uganda; and has certainly contributed to our vision of delivering a bold new digital world to our customers. With Huawei’s involvement in the MTN Kampala Marathon, we have positively impacted communities from the proceeds raised from the MTN Kampala Marathon. We believe in strength in numbers, and so today it gives us immense pleasure to have Huawei once again join in to ensure that the marathon is a success.”

More than 150 Huawei staff have also confirmed participation in the MTN Kampala Marathon 2018.

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