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Ugandan Contractors have stepped up in terms of both quality and quantity and need to become main contractors – Guster Bukenya

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The minister appealed to local contractors to deliver on time, quality, and quantity and meet standards as they are given advantages during public bidding.

The minister of trade and industry Amelia Kyambadde has urged local contractors to get informed about the tender opportunities.

“Local contractors should get well informed about the tender processes and where to address their grievances if they feel cheated,” Kyambadde said.

This was during a meeting held in Kampala to launch the First Uganda Contractors & Providers Summit.

The Ministry of Trade, Uganda Contractors & Providers and Beautiful Partners are organizing the first Uganda Contractors & Providers Summit under the theme:  ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda from a contractors’ perspective’.

Kyambadde said there are middlemen who are exploiting local contractors.  “Please be-ware of these middlemen. There is corruption in the tender process. They make bidding expensive, every bidding step you make they ask for money,” Kyambadde said.

The summit will take place from 12th to 13th November at Serena Hotel Kampala under the theme ‘Buy Uganda Build Uganda from a contractors’ perspective’. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the guest of honour as the event presents a strong boost for Uganda’s local contractors and promote local participation.

The minister appealed to local contractors to deliver on time, quality, and quantity and meet standards as they are given advantages during public bidding.

She also urged public officials to make the bidding process easy for locals. “You make a contractor run from one ministry to the next looking for a signature that is a non- tariff barrier,” Kyambadde said.

Guster Bukenya, a representative of Uganda Contractors and Providers said they seek to create a platform to develop skills that can enable local contractors be part of the procurement cycle.

Bukenya said local contractors face financial challenges and other challenges that impact on their performance. “Contractors can play an important role in creating jobs, enable social and economic development,” he said.

“We want local contractors who are often made sub-contractors to grow and become the main contractors, local contractors have stepped up in terms of both quality and quantity,” Bukenya said.

The manager public and corporate affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority Vincent Seruma said URA supports the BUBU policy. Seruma advised local contractors to comply with the tax system which will give them great opportunities to do business.

“Contractors can miss out on tenders because of not complying with the tax system. When you get into the bidding process you can grow and get markets in the region, the continent, the African Continental Free Trade Area, we need to prepare for these markets,” Seruma said.

Benson Turamye, executive director Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) disclosed that President Yoweri Museveni has issued directive requiring furniture to be procured locally.

Turamye explained that the PPD Act provides for preference and reservation schemes that give advantages to local contractors and enterprises to outcompete foreign bidders on the pricing element by small margins.

He said tenders of sh45b and below for goods are reserved for local providers. While tenders for the provision of consultancy services of sh1b and below are reserved for local consultants.

He noted that foreigner firms that win tenders are required to subcontract 30% of it to local firms. He said the goal to support local contractors and providers was intended to promote wealth creation, technology and skills transfer.

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University students to be equipped with financial literacy skills at 2020 NSSF Career Expo

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NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba addressing media at the launch of the expo at Makerere University Business School.

NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba addressing media at the launch of the expo at Makerere University Business School.

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The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in partnership with Daily Monitor has kicked off a month-long career expo for university students countrywide. The expo, now in its 9th year, is intended to prepare students for the work place, equipping them with skills and knowledge to increase their employability.

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Addressing media at the launch of the expo at Makerere University Business School, NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s expo will focus on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to prepare them to be financially independent.

Under Financial literacy, students will obtain knowledge on Personal finance management with topics that include Debt Management, Positioning oneself for higher Pay, and Habits of the financially intelligent.

“This is in line with the NSSF’s overall Financial literacy program, where we offer professional financial and investment advice to our members to enable them make better decisions when they get their retirement funds. We have therefore tailored the program to be relevant to university students during the expo.” Byarugaba said.

Other topics for discussion at the expo will include Self-start ups, a session on today’s job market and career advice from the best employers in the country.

The Expo will be held in 11 universities countrywide including Makerere University Business School, Kyambogo University, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Nkumba University, YMCA, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, IUIU, Gulu University Mutesa 1 University and Bishop Stuart University.

The Nation Media Uganda Managing Director, Tony Glencross said, “The expo gives us an opportunity as media to bring to life the career advice we give weekly through our Friday paper. Through this platform, we are able to have an interactive session with our readers, especially the university students, to prepare them for the job market and life after university.”

Speakers lined up for the interaction with the students include financial literacy experts, employers from top organizations, and proprietors of successful local investments.

Over 10,000 university students are expected to attend the expo countrywide this year.


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MTN Uganda contributes Ugx 20 million towards boosting  palliative care in Busoga region

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The MTN Uganda foundation has boosted Palliative care activities in Busoga sub region with a shs 20million cash donation.

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The donation was handed over to the Executive Director Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja by the CEO MTN Uganda Wim Vanhelleputte during a brief ceremony at the MTN Uganda offices at Nyonyi gardens.

Rays of Hope Hospice is a nongovernmental organisation that provides palliative care to improve the quality of life for people with life threatening illnesses and their families in Busoga region and the neighbouring districts.

“In 2019, 33% of our enrolled women with cancer suffered from cervical cancer and 21% had breast cancer so we started education and screening for early diagnosis and treatment for these two most common cancers in Uganda, but we are limited by financing a the need is very great. So we are grateful to MTN for coming to our rescue and call on others to join the struggle not just in Busoga but the whole country,” explained Sylvia Nakami, the Executive Director Rays of Hope Hospice.

“The absolute poverty and last mile isolation of our clients means ray of Hope Hospice is often our patients last hope for treatment and care making our work immense and a crucial challenge. We can’t do this all on our own but with support from everyone, we can save several lives,” Nakami further explained.

According to the lady, many of the victims are mothers or sexually active people. “If a mother dies leaving her children that will be another problem, that’s why we do everything we can to save the mother or if they don’t make it, at least it will be more dignified.”

Vanhelleputte said he was delighted to work with a partner that puts every cent they get into good use and promised to continue supporting the work of the NGO.


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Huawei applauded for contribution towards improving ICT and innovation in Uganda

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Hon. Rebecca Kadaga Making her remarks at the ceremony

Hon. Rebecca Kadaga making her remarks at the ceremony

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The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has applauded Huawei for their efforts in improving ICT and Innovation in Uganda.

The speaker who was the chief guest made these remarks at a donation ceremony that happened at Kamuli where Huawei handed over assorted equipment.

The donation was handed to Hon. Rebecca Kadaga by Mr. Liujiawei, Huawei Uganda’s Managing Director, in the presence of the LC1, LC5, and the area member of parliament among other leaders.

“On behalf of the government of Uganda, I continue to commend you Huawei for your great contribution to I.C.T and Innovation of this nation. We have indeed proved you as an industry leader because of your efficiency and timely implementation of the various projects and as a government we have a special relationship with you (Huawei). We thank you for your corporate social responsibility initiative that you have exhibited today,” said Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda

“I commend you for the Huawei ICT Academy that skills Ugandans and your intentions to take this program in Busoga University, I encourage you to keep going. I believe that this initiative is not only going to equip I.C.T skills but also create employment, innovation and general economic development,” she added.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Liujiawei, Huawei’s Managing Director expressed his deepest pleasure for the opportunity to give back to the people of Busoga.

“We hope to bring Uganda not only these specific materials, but also, more importantly, the development opportunities for the every Ugandan; Digital skills that bring capabilities
and seize opportunities; the connectivity and a better life for the future,” Mr Liu Jiawei said.


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Shell brings cheer to motorists

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Veronica Ndagire, one of the jackpot winners in the recently concluded Shell 10 Weeks of Cheer campaign.

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, brought cheer to motorists with exciting rewards in their recently concluded Shell 10 Weeks of Cheer campaign.

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The campaign which kicked off in December and ended with February saw customers who spent UGX50,000 at a participating Shell station handed draw coupons requiring them to enter the competition by sending a unique code and their license registration number to 8008 by SMS.

Through weekly draws, 10 lucky jackpot winners walked away with UGX 500,000 worth of fuel each.

“My work involves a lot of field work and we often have to use a car,” Veronica Ndagire,  a sales personnel who was one of the jackpot winners said. “One day, while filling up at a Shell fuel station in Namanve we were given scratch cards, and that is when I started sending messages.”

Ndagire revealed that she was skeptical about the promotion, and could not believe that she was one of the lucky jackpot winners.

“I even thought the promotion was not real and did not believe it when someone from Vivo Energy called me telling me that I had won fuel worth 500K.” She said. “I had almost shrugged it off, and then I received a message reminding me to go redeem my fuel.”

For Kugonza Jennifer, who had learned about the promotion through a friend, she had no doubts when she was told she was one of the winners.

“I was encouraged to participate in the promotion by my friend who had already won free fuel,” Kugoza said. “After sending messages for a week, I was also a winner. They called telling me I had won Ugx 500K worth of fuel.”

“I am really excited to have been one of the lucky winners and because of this I will always be a loyal Shell customer.” She added.

A total of 19,365 customers were rewarded with prizes worth UGX 500M during the campaign. The campaign spread cheer to all regions of Uganda with over 100 Shell stations countrywide participating to ensure convenience for customers across the country.


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