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October 2014

Bajaj Auto and Boda Boda Association in School Refurbishment Campaign.

Bajaj Auto Limited in partnership with the Boda Boda Association of Kampala, has today given an alluring facelift to Kisugu Church of Uganda Primary School.

The well attended exercise is part of numerous partnerships that Bajaj Auto Limited has initiated with the Boda Boda Association of Kampala that are aimed at giving back to communities that they operate in.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Manish Thapar, Head of East Africa business, Bajaj Auto Ltd, said company’s key objective to the country is to provide employment opportunities, work for welfare of Boda’s, to help government streamline Boda Boda operations and provide high quality Customer Service to its consumers.

Bajaj Auto also keeps providing innovating offers to its consumers i.e. current campaign “win 100 bikes in 100 days” which has been ongoing since 1st Oct’2014.

Bajaj Auto is present across 70 Ugandan towns and commands 92% market share. The company believes in giving back to the society through various corporate social responsibility initiatives like Mechanics skill upgradation and providing livelihood, safety intiatives with KCCA and now partnering Boda Association for welfare of our pupils.

“We are excited to be involved in this noble cause of facilitating a conducive learning environment in schools. We believe that through this partnership with the Boda Boda Association, the initiative will be instrumental in not only attracting more pupils, but also help in pupil and teacher retention,” he said.

Teachers and students alike were very excited and expressed gratitude at Bajaj and the Boda Boda Association of Kampala’s generosity.

James Jjuuko, the Head teacher said “We are indeed indebted to you for putting us back on track. Now that we have beautiful structures, the onus is on us to repay your efforts by excelling. We are going to work hard to be among the top schools in this community and the whole country,” he said amid applause.

In the run up to the ceremony, Bajaj Auto has partnered with over 50 motorcyclists to paint the school’s classroom blocks.

Speaking at the event, Kiviri Kanyike, the Boda Boda Association chairman commended Bajaj for the partnership saying that the initiative of giving back to the community portrayed them in a positive light.

“Boda Boda Riders in Uganda have been portrayed in a negative light by sections of the community. This partnership will hopefully start changing the way we are viewed by people”, he added.

The event was graced by Mr. Rwamasaka Prosper, Supervisor Education Services Makindye Division as Guest of Honor. He joined other invited guests in lauding Bajaj for its contribution to Uganda’s overall economy.

“I have often interacted with Bajaj operators including the Boda Boda riders. They have become an integral part of our transport sector today and as result contributed positively to our daily lives. By going an extra mile to support our infrastructure, they have shown us that they hold their communities’ livelihoods in high regard,” he said.

Emirates to grow African operations by 40%.

Emirates is placing a strategic focus on Africa in the coming decade by increasing operations by over 40%, says Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.

Speaking at the Africa Global Business Forum held in Dubai on 1 – 2 October, Clark said that Africa has been a great growth story for Emirates.

“Today, Emirates fleet investment in Africa tops $7 billion with operating costs of over $2 billion. We will add around 10 destinations in the next decade and will continue our investment and commitment to introduce more frequencies to our existing points to provide critical links to emerging markets from Asia, the Middle East and Australia,” said Clark.

Clark noted that Africa is still an under-served market. “Emirates will continue to channel traffic through the Dubai hub which has already become a key gateway for the African continent,” he said.

Statistics provided by Emirates indicate the airline has carried over 1.6 million passengers and 40,000 tons of cargo between Africa and China in the past five years. By 2020, Emirates expects to provide an additional 8.5 million seats to its African capacity.

In addition, there are over 500,000 African nationals now residing in Dubai. Over 800,000 Africans visited Dubai in 2013 alone and it is estimated that by 2020, tourism from Africa to Dubai will reach over 1.5 million visitors per year.

Emirates currently operates 22 passenger and 6 dedicated freighter destinations to Africa.

Airtel Uganda Launches Partnership with MOGAS.

All MOGAS products and services to be accessed using Airtel Money

Airtel Uganda and MOGAS have officially unveiled their new partnership that allows customers to pay for any MOGAS products and services using Airtel Money at their 38 stations across Uganda.

Airtel Uganda has continued to be at the forefront of innovation, especially when it comes to their Airtel money platform which has undergone numerous transformations to ensure that it remains safe as well as affordable for all the Airtel Uganda customers. With innovations such as; sending and receiving money across networks, Airtel Money ATM withdrawals, Bank integration, bill payments with Airtel money, Airtime topping up using Airtel Money and now this MOGAS partnership, Airtel has always had the interests of their customers at heart and has managed to cater to all of them despite their different locations and economic activities.

With the new Airtel – MOGAS partnership, Airtel subscribers will have the ability to pay for fuel and other services offered at MOGAS petrol stations from their mobile phones, using Airtel Money at no extra cost, other than the cost of sending the money as per the Airtel money tariffs.

Speaking at the event, Airtel Money Director – Mr. Nuhu Kanyike said he was confident that Airtel subscribers in Uganda will embrace and enjoy this new service. “We are very excited to partner with MOGAS as we introduce this payment method. At Airtel, we put our customers first and partnering with well-established and constantly growing companies such as MOGAS to ease and improve their lives is testament to that.”

Mr. Partha Ghosh, the Managing Director of MOGAS described the Airtel partnership as an opportunity for MOGAS to satisfy their customer needs by offering them the convenience of using the Airtel Money platform. “We believe that to continue growing and expanding, we have to make alliances with other companies that are at the top of the industries they operate in; Airtel is one of those companies,” he said.  “This is why this partnership with Airtel Uganda is very important to us,” he added.

Airtel Uganda launches Uganda’s first ever IVR based music competition.

Airtel Uganda, in partnership with Trace, an international music video channel, has today officially launched a new music competition tagged ‘Airtel Trace Music Star’, an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) based music competition designed to create a robust platform for Airtel subscribers to achieve their dreams of becoming the next big music star in Uganda, and possibly across Africa and the world.

Launched at a cocktail held at the Airtel Uganda offices on Clement Hill in Kampala, the Airtel Trace Music Star competition will allow contestants to audition from their phones, with one national winner in each country, who will have the honor of recording alongside music star Akon.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. Tom Gutjahr, Managing Director of Airtel Uganda said he was very excited about this opportunity that was being offered to the subscribers.

“Many times, people want to participate in singing competitions but lack the confidence to stand in front of a crowd and sing. With Airtel Trace Music Star, this is no longer a worry as this initiative is geared towards giving our subscribers an opportunity to try out their singing talents through their mobile phones from the comfort of any location they choose,” he added.

As a pan-African initiative, the Airtel Trace music competition is designed to hold simultaneously in other African countries, where Airtel operates. The winners from each participating country will then compete in a televised pan-African grand finale, where the African champion will win a trip to the USA to be mentored by megastar, Akon, for a period of two weeks, in addition to a professional music video and a record deal with Universal Music.

During the cocktail, invited journalists who took part in the singing competition took home different prizes courtesy of Airtel Uganda.

Airtel Uganda has joined the fight against Ebola.

Following the outbreak of Ebola that has already claimed thousands of lives in Africa, Airtel Uganda handed over one hundred and fifty mobile phone handsets to the Ministry of Education at an occasion graced by The Acting Health Minister – Honorable Elyoda Tumwesiigye.

The handsets, which came fully loaded with SIM Cards, 530 minutes per month, 100sms per month, 500mbs each for the next three months, are going to be distributed to every health centre IIs, IIIs and IVs in districts that are prone to Ebola outbreak that have been identified by the Ministry of Health through the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Association.

Each district shall receive 4 phones with one specifically issued to the district Nursing & Midwifery Association Coordinator to assist in addressing the challenges nurses and midwives normally encounter with patients on referrals; such as failure to reach doctors and ambulance services in time.  This phone shall be handled by the nurse or midwife on duty depending on the health Center duty roaster or work schedule.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Airtel Uganda Legal Director, Mr. Dennis Kakonge thanked the Ministry of Health for their tireless efforts in fighting disease outbreaks in the country. “We are proud to join you in your tireless fight against disease outbreaks in Uganda,” he said. “At Airtel, we believe that if we continue to work together with the Ministry of Health, we shall manage to stop any possibility of an Ebola outbreak in Uganda as well as eliminate mother and child mortality at birth,” he added.

“Very few companies have come out to fight the potential outbreak of Ebola in Uganda,” said Honorable Tumwesiigye.  “I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for their caring and giving spirit and I advise all the districts that have received these mobile phones to use them as intended in order to curb the Ebola scare in Uganda,” she added.

Airtel Uganda, the current leading telecommunication company in Uganda came out to help and ensure alertness and preparedness of health workers in the most prone areas in Uganda for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak.

ACCA Uganda gears up for the ACCA Eastern Africa Members Convention.

ACCA Uganda (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has announced that it will host the ACCA Eastern Africa Convention in Kampala from November 25 – 27, 2014.

The convention which will be held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo will draw participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea and other Sub – Saharan African Countries.

Themed “Eastern Africa – the next growth frontier”, the convention will be a major professional networking and learning event for ACCA members and the business leaders in this wide geographical region. Some of its main objectives are;

  1. To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice among business leaders and finance professionals.
  2. To provide a forum for accountants to contribute to the policy debates and issues driving economic growth within the region.
  3. To enable gainful business links and interaction between professional accountants and business entities across the region.

Speaking at the press briefing, the Head of ACCA Uganda, Beatrice Isagayite said that “the convention will provide our members as well as all attending finance and business professionals with an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the issues that will drive regional economic growth and capacity building. We have put together a rich program, with a great mix of speakers drawn from within and outside the Eastern Africa region, which we anticipate will be enriching and will give participants diverse perspectives.” “This is critical at this stage when many sectors are looking to widen their regional footprint,” she added.

In the words of Japheth Katto, a Fellow of ACCA and an ACCA Council member, “I truly believe that accountants and finance professionals have a critical role to play in Africa’s growth. Sustainable economic development is all about delivering what ACCA calls public value – acting in the public interest, promoting ethical business and helping grow economies.” “This convention will be a great way for us to discuss how public value resonates here in Eastern Africa but also across this Continent,” he added.

Paul Ankunda, the chair of the ACCA Uganda Members Network Panel agreed with Japheth. “To ACCA members, the convention not only provides us with a professional networking opportunity at a regional level but more importantly contributes to the Continuous Professional development which will keep our learning at par with the required global standards. We look forward to the diverse regional and global perspectives that will be brought to the convention,” he said.

The convention, to be held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo will also be graced by many important dignitaries led by Honorable Maria Kiwanuka, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development who will be the Chief Guest. Also in attendance will be the ACCA Global president Mr. Anthony Harbinson, who will also be attending his first convention since his appointment in September 2014. The Eastern Africa Members Convention will discuss a number of regional sectorial growth drivers including Entrepreneurship, the growth of capital markets, regional integration issues, technology as an enhancer of business, ethical business, the future of the Accountancy profession and of course Oil and Gas .

Emirates is offering major Discounts to Ugandan Travelers.

Starting October, Emirates will be offering improved fares to customers travelling to selected destinations such as; London, Canada, Mumbai, Washington, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Dubai. Emirates announced that they will be offering a 25% discount on all cabins, Business Class and Economy.

This is aimed at enabling Ugandan travelers to move with ease to their destinations of choice with less worry about travel fares.

The sales offer will start on the 9th October 2014 up to the 17th October, 2014 and the travel offer will be open from the 9th October 2014 up to the 31st March, 2015 with a minimum stay of three days and maximum stay of one month.

Emirates’ everyday value fares to destinations across the various world cities are proving popular with Ugandan travelers – destinations include Boston, Frankfurt, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. London, Beijing, Dubai, Mumbai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Customers can purchase Economy air fares from Entebbe to the selected destinations USD 896 to London, USD 925 to Canada, USD 582 to Mumbai, USD 916 to Bangkok, USD 1,317 to Washington, USD 837 to Bangkok, USD 1,567 to Kuala Lumpur, USD 883 to Frankfurt, USD 1,689 to Seoul, USD 780 to Copenhagen and USD 488 to Dubai.

Passengers travelling from Entebbe Business Class can enjoy fares from USD 2,671 to London, USD 2,611 to Canada, USD 1,744 to Mumbai, USD 2,317 to Bangkok, USD 3,597 to Washington, USD 2,137 to Bangkok, USD 3,790 to Kuala Lumpur, USD 2,627 to Frankfurt, USD 4,371 to Seoul, USD 2,575 to Copenhagen and USD 1,585 to Dubai.

Travellers can experience great services from its international cabin crew from more than 120 countries, gourmet cuisine and its renowned ice inflight entertainment system, which offers passengers hundreds of audio and visual channels on demand.

EK 729 departs Dubai International Airport every day at 0835hrs and arrives at the Entebbe International Airport at 1245hrs. The return flight, EK730, leaves Entebbe at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 2155hrs.

For more information, prices and offer terms and conditions for customers can log onto http://www.emirates.com/tz

All terms and conditions apply including Black Out dates and any flight restrictions.

Weekend surcharges may apply depending on destination and departure day.

Blackouts

HKG/CAN – 11th October to 30th October 2014

ALL 10th December 2014 to 15th January 2015

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Airtel Uganda implements The Integrated Financial Inclusion Project (IFIP) for SACCOS.

In a bid to ease the ability for SACCOs to transact because of poor infrastructure and limited capacity to invest in multiple banking channels coupled with the challenges associated with loss of critical data due to system crashes caused by unreliable power supply and burglary, Airtel Uganda has partnered with Equity Bank Uganda, Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union (UCSCU), FutureLinkTechnologies (FLT) to implement The Integrated Financial Inclusion Project

(IFIP), that will enable more than two million customers  get Financial Access regardless of their location in Uganda.

Through the AIRTEL’s M-SACCO Mobile Money option, the project is digitising and connecting together 2000 SACCOs, starting with 20 for the pilot phase.

Speaking at the launch, Airtel Money Director Mr. Nuhu Kanyike said “The IFIP project avails an opportunity for SACCO members to save more often because of the convenience of transacting through Airtel Money anywhere”

“At Airtel, we are proud to offer business solutions through our Airtel Money platform and we believe this project will go a long way to ease the cost of doing business”, he further said.

Airtel Rwanda spear heads Financial Inclusion.

Mobile money user allover Rwanda have partaken the new airtel offer where they get to freely carry out various transactions using airtel money. Since the unveiling of the new airtel campaign where airtel money users can get to send and receive money, pay for their utility bills such as electricity, buy mobile data, top up airtime and pay for construction permits to city of Kigali, there has been an increase in the number of airtel money transactions. Aimed at driving financial inclusion, accessibility and affordability the campaign will see people transact on a zero hustle basis.

Speaking to Patrick one of the airtel money agents in Kigali, he said; “Ever since the new campaign was launched, we have had an increase in transactions as people have opted to pay for their utility bills through this means. We even load airtime on their behalf using airtel money.”

Another airtel money agent in Nyarutarama said; it had become easier to transact with airtel money because they no longer had to explain the various different charges for sending or receiving different amounts of money.

As airtel continues to offer exciting offers, this means there is more inclusion for people to carry out transactions safely and swiftly. The beauty with airtel money is that one can also use it as a way of saving their money on their airtel money accounts rather than putting the money under a pillow or mattress. According to airtel, the campaign will go on until the end of the year and it will see more Rwandans embrace mobile money transactions and accessibility. Furthermore, the airtel money customers have been encouraged to use ATM card-less withdrawal. It is possible for them to withdraw money from all I&M bank ATMs in the country.

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