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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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FRESH DAIRY KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MEGA GOODIES HANDS OVER

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Fresh Dairy has today rewarded the final batch of winners for its Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge with an assortment of goodies to include Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside fruit yoghurt, Long life UHT milk and flavoured milk.

The final six winners included Martha Kose, Mozes Bibangamba, Lewis Deshan, Mo Ni Que, Maisha and Bree Amollo who received their goodies at the Fresh Dairy offices.

The Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge which was run by My Food Network, a Facebook foodie platform for over a month now, climaxed during the festive season with an aim of showcasing authentic recipes by actual people in Uganda that incorporated Fresh Dairy products in cooking to include butter, ghee, plain yoghurt, fresh milk, fresh cream and Brookside fruit yoghurt.

Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited – Vincent Omoth said, ‘At Fresh Dairy we produce healthy and nutritious products that are ideal nutrition boosters for the whole family. Running this Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge during the 2019 festive season encouraged people to creatively cook while developing healthy recipes for the whole family using Fresh Dairy products to make pastries, barbecues and roasts, stir fried rice and chicken, smoothies and meal accompaniments among others.’

Omoth further noted that all winners were rewarded for not simply downloading internet images, but actually preparing healthy and nutritious meals for their families using Fresh Dairy products.

Omoth thanked all participants for taking part in the challenge and noted that Fresh Dairy will continue coming up with exciting promotions to encourage people to adopt healthy and nutritious lifestyles.

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Shell customers win big in 10 weeks of Cheer promotion

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Over 2,000 customers have so far been rewarded with fuel worth over UGX 80 million in the ongoing 10 weeks of Cheer promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The national promotion which is targeted at all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers was announced in December to reward customers for their loyalty during the festive season.

“For the past 3 weeks, we have been running daily draws at participating Shell stations generating over 2,000 winners who have received various prizes which include fuel worth UGX50,000 for general motorists, UGX15,000 for riders and household groceries. Weekly jackpot winners have received UGX500,000 worth of fuel for general motorists and UGX50,000 for riders,” said Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.

For every UGX 50,000 spent on Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services, customers receive a draw entry coupon at any of the participating Shell service stations.

Thereafter, customers are required to scratch their draw entry coupon to reveal a unique code and SMS both the code and their vehicle registration plate number to 8008 for a chance to win.

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

Marvin Genza, a customer who purchased fuel worth UGX50,000 could not believe his luck upon receiving the UGX500,000 fuel jackpot prize. “This is a great start to the year and I thank Shell for this prize that will sustain me through the rough January blues. I encourage all customers to participate and win.”

“The promotion is ongoing and will run until 16 February with activations spread countrywide at 105 Shell stations. I encourage our customers to participate to stand a chance to win over UGX500 million worth of prizes left,” Mutungi added.

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Vivo Energy Uganda awarded for its child helmet safety campaign 

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L-R:  Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

L-R: Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has been awarded Vivo Energy Group’s Reputation Builders Award for its behavioural change campaign titled, ‘Heads Up!’

Vivo Energy’s Reputation Builders Award is awarded to a project or team that has made a significant contribution to improving the reputation of Vivo Energy with external stakeholders.

‘Heads Up!’ was launched in 2019 with an aim of creating awareness about the probable dangers that school children using public motorcycle transportation, commonly referred to as ‘boda bodas’, face during their daily commute to and from school ; mostly without the required safety helmets.

The partnership between Vivo Energy Uganda and Safe Boda Uganda saw both companies donate child helmets to 12 public schools in high traffic areas of Kampala.

School heads distributed and managed their use among their respective pupils that use motorcycle transportation to attend school.

Announcing the award at the Group’s annual Leadership Conference, the Vivo Energy Group Head of Communications, Rob Foyle said, “The annual Vivo Awards are important as they allow us the chance to both celebrate success, and also recognise and reward some of the best work that’s completed all across our company. Congratulations to team Uganda for winning this award.”

Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said, “This is a great honour for our company and for our Corporate Communications team, which is in charge of managing Vivo Energy Uganda’s reputation with all stakeholders through socially impactful community initiatives in education, environment and road safety.”

“Creating safe road users also requires that we increase public awareness about their role in enhancing their own safety. We hope that this campaign will continue to inspire the introduction and enforcement of policy to address regulation of safe transportation of children using motorcycle transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

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