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Premier Rugunda praises Tony Elumelu Foundation At 2019 Abuja Forum

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Uganda’s Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Saturday spoke at this year’s Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation (TEF) forum in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Rugunda who represented the government of Uganda praised TEF for addressing the mind-set of emerging African entrepreneurs.

“This program is promoting Pan Africanism. It will help to consolidate unity of African take advantage of the Free Trade Area that has been established by our leaders on the continent. We need to give more support and mentorship to them so that they can compete without cultural and property ownership problems that are working as impediments,” Rugunda said.

He added, “And I believe that the Elumelu foundation is a good example of innovatively working out a program which suits the youth and has demonstrated success where almost 5000 young Africans have benefitted from the program. And the program has been so successful that it has attracted partners like our friends from Europe, African Development Bank and many other institutions and indeed, it has also mobilised us in government in Africa to support that program. Therefore, I salute this program because it is going to touch on mind-set change.”

TEF is the brainchild of UBA Group Chairman Mr. Tony Elumelu, with the vision of empowering 100,000 African Entrepreneurs on the African Continent through his foundation.

This year’s forum taking place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, held under the theme; “Empowering African Entrepreneurs,” exposes African Entrepreneurs to UBA special products and services that will support their business and personal development.

The forum, now in its fifth year featured masterclasses, a dynamic pitching competition, electrifying panel debates, and the Presidential Dialogue. It engaged an audience of 5,000 comprising of start-up entrepreneurs, development institutions and policymakers.

The two-day forum, which was launched on Friday, July 26 and ended on 27th July, brought together over African Entrepreneurs from across the African Continent on an all-expenses paid trip to sell their goods and products to over 5,000 guests at the largest gathering of African Entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location.

On Saturday, African leaders including; Rugunda, Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Peoples Reublic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Macky Sall of Senegal and Nigeria’s Muhammud Buhari spoke at the president’s forum. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of AFDB was also at the forum.

On the high risks faced by young people in business, Rugunda said; “I think one of the problems is that we may be transferring models of loans that are for the well to do, imposing them on young people and they find that they cannot copy. So the problem may be more with us other than being with young people. therefore, let us be innovative, look at the young people, interact with them and see what works for them and support.”

Happening on the side-lines of the forum was the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Marketplace.

The UBA Marketplace is an online store that was made physical to pre-launch the TEF forum.

As part of the activities, the event also played host to businesses and business owners in various industries including food, fashion, beauty, home/interior and gadgets.

Through the UBA Marketplace, the foundation hopes to connect over one thousand businesses on the continent to boost intra African trade through this summit that brings together African entrepreneurs, dignitaries and business owners to share ideas on the growth of the African economy.

Inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalise luck and democratise opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the Foundation has implemented one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programmes globally. Selected entrepreneurs from previous years have transformed their businesses and their communities after gaining from the Programme’s 7 pillars: $5,000 in seed capital; business development training; one-on-one mentoring; access to TEFConnect; Pan-African meetups; TEF network.

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Over 19,000 customers rewarded as the Shell 10 Weeks of Cheer campaign comes to an end

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Winners from the Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign pose for a group photo with Vivo Energy Officials.

Winners from the Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign pose for a group photo with Vivo Energy Officials.

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A total of 19,365 customers have been rewarded with prizes worth UGX 500M in the just concluded Shell 10 weeks of cheer campaign, a national promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The campaign was announced in December to reward customers during the festive season and infuse extra cheer throughout the holidays and the beginning of the year.

It had a presence across a total of 105 Shell stations countrywide to ensure convenience for customers across the country.

Traversing all regions of Uganda and reaching a total of 24 towns to spread cheer, the campaign held exciting engagements reaching 60,000 customers, 9,000 of whom could not hold back their joy at going home with branded merchandise, fuel vouchers and home grocery packs.

Speaking at a final prize redemption at Shell Bugolobi, Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda thanked customers for participating in the campaign.

“Since December, we have celebrated our customers and gifted them for doing business with us. This campaign was for all our customers including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers that use Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services.”

Since December, customers who spent UGX50,000 at a participating Shell station were handed draw coupons requiring them to enter the competition by sending a unique code and their license registration number to 8008 by SMS.

“I have consistently been a Shell customer for 10 years and counting. I am glad that my loyalty to Shell has yielded rewards for me. I was happy to be among the lucky winners of the recently concluded promotion,” Umar Mustafa Badola one of the winners said.

In addition to the instant rewards, 10 weekly draws were also held across the country that saw customers win jackpot prizes of fuel worth UGX500,000 and UGX50,000 for motorists and riders respectively.

“I could not believe my luck when I was given fuel worth 500,000 after spending only 50k! I have been smiling all the way to the pump, without needing to worry about budgeting for fuel,” said Veronica Ndagire one of the jackpot winners.

“We would like to thank all our customers who continue to choose Shell. Our customers are at the heart of our business and we look forward to even more opportunities to interact and engage with them as we make life’s journeys better,” Mutungi concluded.

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Coca-Cola enabling women start retail businesses

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Flavia Nabaasa (R) hands over of a cooler to one of the beneficiaries during a ceremony held at UMA show grounds on Thursday.

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has handed over coolers to women to enable them start businesses in the retail category. This is part of a bigger Coca-Cola initiative called 5 by 20.

5 by 20 is the Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 Million Women entrepreneurs across the Company’s value chain by the year 2020.

According to Flavia Nabaasa, the Business Development & Commercialization Director CCBA in Uganda, the company is well on track to delivering on their global commitment.

“We had a target of empowering 35,000 women in Uganda by the year 2020,” Flavia Nabaasa told media during the cooler handover ceremony held at UMA show grounds on Thursday. “We have so far empowered 33,000 women and are certain to deliver on our global commitment by the end of the year.”

In Uganda, women usually face several challenges when doing business such as lack of basic business skills, lack of financial services / assets and lack of access to peer to peer networks and mentorship among others.

Through the 5 by 20 initiative, women are also offered access to business skills training and connections with peers and company sales executives who are always at hand to offer continuous monitoring of the business which helps in offering the much-needed foundation for building a successful business.

“We believe there is no better investment than women to spur economic growth and foster sustainable development. Women reinvest 90% of their income in their family and community, so by supporting women, we are building sustainable communities through this ripple effect.” Flavia Nabaasa added.

The event was also graced by madam Joyce Kizza, one of the successful Coca-cola distributors  who lauded the women for embracing business and encouraged them to continue working hard. She also tipped them on how to run a successful business saying they should always treat their employees as well a customers with respect and always be honest in their dealings.

Meanwhile, the company has this year so far received 1851 coolers which are being issued to customers across the country with women in the retail category being the beneficiaries of this process. The women are also given startup stock to go along with the coolers.

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MTN Uganda partners with Baobab Circle to enable customers easily manage their health

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In another effort to enhance value for its customers, MTN Uganda has unveiled a mobile solution that enables customers to manage their health in order to reduce the risk of complications like stroke, blindness, kidney disease among others.

MTN Uganda partnered with Baobab Circle Limited, a London based health technology company to provide a health application named “Afya Pap” to its customers. Through the Afya Pap mobile App, MTN customers will have access to remote monitoring of their vitals, health, diet and exercise information that helps reduce or delay development of health complications. The App is powered by artificial intelligence for personalized diabetes, hypertension, vitals tracking, meal planning and physical exercise planning.

Customers can download the Afya Pap mobile App from the Google Play store and register to use it. All new users of the App will be given a 14-day FREE trial inclusive of data. Upon expiry of the FREE trial, customers can then buy subscription using MTN MoMo within the Afya Pap App. The available subscription plan is 30 days at ONLY UGX 4,000, inclusive of the data for using the App.

MTN Uganda Chief Marketing officer Somdev Sen said MTN believes in meaningful partnership as a way of making the world a brighter place for her customers and all Ugandans.

“We are all good together. They developed the app and we have the means to make it convenient and affordable for the users. As the mobile device continues to become a central part of our customer’s lifestyle, we intend to create more services for them to use on the phone so they can get more value out of it. With this app, we hope to further brighten the lives of our customers,” Somdev said.

Baobab Circle Limited, a renowned London based health Technology Company with operations in Sub- Saharan markets, the Middle East and spreading its wings in East Africa, specializes in digital mobile intervention programs for remote patient monitoring and applied health signals in the management of chronic conditions.

Spencer Matonhodze, Chief Commercial Officer of Baobab Circle said the mobile application is seamlessly integrated with smart glucometers and blood pressure monitors, allowing users to conveniently test their sugar and BP levels using their mobile phones and store the data, which can automatically be shared with their care partners who could be either a family member and or a personal doctor through a caregiver module. The application also allows 24/7 accessibility to a medical practitioner, nutritionists and sports therapist.

The Afya Pap application was first launched in August of 2015 and is now available in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Egypt among other countries.

The application has won several awards including the Sanofi Diabetes Innovation Challenge (2019), AMREF health innovation challenge (2018) and Nominated for the GLOMO health innovation award at World Mobile Congress (2019) among others.

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SafeBoda to offer free medical services to riders in week-long health camp

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SafeBoda has announced a health camp in which they will offer free medical services including diagnosis and treatment to all its riders.

The health camp dubbed ‘Obulamu bwo bwe bugagga bwo’ will be hosted at the SafeBoda Academy in Kyebando and is expected to benefit at least 15,000 SafeBoda riders and their families, as well as ordinary residents of Kyebando and neighboring areas.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, Shakib Nsubuga, the Innovations Manager at SafeBoda said, “Our SafeBodas spend at least 90% of their time working, and hardly invest time in health-related issues, We believe that this camp will help close the access gap to these crucial medical services and create more positive health outcomes for our drivers and our community at large.”

In her speech, the Honorable Minister for Kampala, Hon. Benna Namugwanya applauded SafeBoda for their continued commitment to improve not only safety in Kampala but also to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of SafeBoda drivers. She stated that the ministry’s doors are open to all and pledged support and collaboration towards the improvement of livelihoods of the people in Kampala.

The week-long event which kicked off on Tuesday will run until Saturday.

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