Two university students are the first beneficiaries of an initiative spearheaded by Uganda Development Bank (UDB), in collaboration with the European Organization for Sustainable Development (EOSD). Dalton Bakisuula and Martin Mugisha, both undertaking undergraduate courses in Applied Electro-Chemistry at Kyambogo and Makerere universities, will receive a fully-funded 3-month internship at the prestigious Fraunhofer-Institut fur Chemische Technologie in Karlsruhe, Germany.
These scholarships are part of a larger agreement between UDB and EOSD to undertake cooperation in various areas, including enhancing local capacity for a smart and sustainable economy and supporting innovation and technology transfer.
Uganda Development Bank co-financed the project, committing over 6000 euros (about 28 million shillings), that being the cost of the return air tickets for the duo, and also provided a monthly stipend of 735 euros each for the entire duration of their residency in Karlsruhe. The training-related costs shall be covered by the Frauhofer-Institut.
At their send-off, Joshua Allan Mwesiga, the UDB Director of Strategy & Corporate Affairs, reminded the students of their responsibility as the pioneers of the scheme. “I want to urge you both to use this very rare opportunity to learn as much as you can. Remember that while you are in Germany, you are ambassadors of Uganda and of Uganda Development Bank. Do ensure you live up to these expectations and let your conduct and behavior lift Uganda high”.
UDB regards this as a worthwhile investment for fostering innovation and supporting promising young Ugandans to benefit from the much-needed exposure. The bank expresses hope that the students will return to Uganda with transformative ideas and with new ways of doing things.
MTN donates more to Bududa landslides victims
The MTN Foundation has delivered more relief items to the Bududa community.
MTN previously contributed Shs50m to the Uganda Red Cross drive to raise Shs1.2bn to help the people of Bukalasi Subcounty, Bududa District that were affected by landslides. More to that, the MTN staff also contributed an assortment of items. Bryan Mbasa, the MTN Foundation Manager handed over these items to the Uganda Red Cross society in Bududa on Wednesday.
“It is a tragedy what happened to the people of Bukalasi sub-county. Our role as a foundation is to ensure that we contribute towards improvement of livelihoods of people. Some of the people affected by the landslides have lost almost everything. It is important that as a company that operates in Uganda, we get to assist in the relief efforts as a good corporate citizen. We do hope that what we have contributed adds to the already existing efforts being done by the URS and the government,” Mbasa said.
The MTN Uganda staff on realising what had happened in Bududa launched an internal campaign, #StandWithBududa where they collected an assortment of clothing and other non-food items towards the welfare of the affected persons. Some of the MTN staff also attended the handover of these items in Bududa. The mobilization of these items is in addition to what the MTN Foundation contributed to URS.
“It is only fair that the welfare of the affected people improves. At this stage there is a combination of grief and pain that they are going through. We call upon Ugandans who can contribute towards this cause to do so because the people of Bukalasi in Bududa need all the help available,” Mbasa further noted.
Approximately over 139 households were affected after their houses were washed away and others severely damaged after River Suume burst its banks. Sadly, 43 people lost their lives in this tragic incident.
The MTN Uganda Foundation is a non-profit entity that was inaugurated in July 2007 as a vehicle through which MTN Uganda implements its corporate social investments (CSI). The main objective of the foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health, art and sciences, sports and other national priorities.
Over 100 women entrepreneurs expected to take part in Rising Woman Expo
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.
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.
Pizza Hut unveils special group offer
By Our Reporter
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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