Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

MTN Uganda sends Ugandans to Jo’burg

READY TO GO: The ladies will meet and learn from other entreprenuers and share experiences.

KAMPALA, UGANDA - MTN Uganda, the telecom firm, is paying for a group of ladies to get some business know-how so that they can improve their enterprises.

“Through the MTN Women in Business Platform, MTN celebrates the spirit of excellence that is demonstrated by those outstanding women that have harnessed technology/ICT and talent to grow their businesses and we’re delighted to further empower this year’s winners as they travel to engage with entrepreneurs driving change in a different environment,” MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe said last week.

Four winners of the 2016 MTN Women in Business Awards will, this weekend, be heading to South Africa for a week-long learning trip to learn, share experiences and tour similar SME businesses in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The revelation was made at a breakfast event hosted by MTN at the home of MTN Business at Nyonyi Gardens in Kololo, Kampala and attended by the winners.

“In addition to providing all the necessary solutions and tools to support businesses, MTN delights itself in the power to further impact society by helping business leaders grow to reach new heights. 

“We are excited to be facilitating the winners as they go to this trip and hope it will be a productive one,” Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN’s Chief Executive Officer said at the flagging off event.

The all-expenses paid trip is part of the prizes promised by MTN prior to the announcement of the winners earlier this year. 

MTN Business is fulfilling this obligation as the company continues to celebrate the spirit of excellence and perseverance that continues to empower women to be the drivers of positive change in our community.

MTN Business General Manager Reginald Kafeero commended the winners for their hard work and perseverance that made them winners in the first place, and challenged them to utilize the linkages from the trip to the benefit of their businesses and society.

“The fact that you won these awards means you are outstanding business leaders. It is our hope that linkage and exposure will further empower you and enable you to grow your businesses further to the benefit of your communities,” Kafeero said.

MTN Uganda has been at the forefront of supporting Business communities in Uganda particularly through its MTN Business training programs for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aimed at providing them with the right expertise to not only start up new business ventures but to also grow and sustain their current business to ensure optimum output and profitability. 

This program has over the years extended to Women in Business (WiB) as well.

In honour of women and specifically Women in Business, MTN joins the rest of the world in celebrations in the month of March. For the last 4 years MTN Uganda has hosted 400 women to a dinner and combined it with a themed special Women’s Day Panel Discussion, the themes have varied each year depending on the hot topics and recommendations from previous events. 

WiB event is the most sought after in the calendar of both professional and Women entrepreneurs and its audiences.

The winenrs are Susan Ajok, Managing Director, Straight Talk Foundation – MTN  Women In Business 2016: Excellence in ICT ; Jacqueline Birigwa Nuwamanya, Managing Director, Rural Communications Limited – MTN Women In Business 2016: Excellence in Financial Services; Alice Karugaba, MD & Founder, Nina Interiors Limited – SME CEO of the year 2016  and Mrs. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo, Principal, Victorious Education Services – SME CEO of the year 2015.

Not long ago it was highlighted that women in Africa remain at a marked disadvantage compared to men in their daily lives that’s according to the findings of the Afrobarometer survey. 

The survey of more than 50,000 people in 34 African countries also found that the education gap remains wide and women face discrimination in the work place, in the courts and among traditional leaders in communities.

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile and Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. 

As of 30th June 2016, MTN Uganda recorded 10.1 million subscribers across Uganda. 

By Samuel Nabwiiso, Tuesday, November 15th, 2016