African Business Summit 2017

Uganda Embassy in Nordic countries in conjunction with other African Embassies in Denmark called upon the key strategic Denmark business partners from Nordic Countries to invest in Africa especially in Uganda the Pearl of Africa. The summit held on 5th/09/2017 at Imperial Hotel Copenhagen, the Forum key speakers were led by Hon. Kasaija Matia Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from Uganda, Denmark Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of Mission Ambassador Zaake W. Kibedi and other Guests.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. Kasaija Matia Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development with a Danish Investor on round table discussion, on right is State Minister for Energy Hon. Simon D’Ujanga

 

 

According to the Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority said that Uganda Government provides incentive to the investor willing to put up firm such as free Tax holidays, free Land to setup the firm and more service as may be needed by the investor.

AFRICAN BUSINESS FORUM 5TH – 7TH SEPTEMBER 2017

AFRICAN BUSINESS FORUM 5TH – 7TH   SEPTEMBER 2017

The African Diplomatic Group in Denmark in collaboration with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the Association of Ship Owners, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Nordekkon and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hosting the Africa Business Forum from 5th – 7th September 2017 in Copenhagen.

The overarching objective of the forum is to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Africa.

The underlying objectives include;

  • Dissemination of information about business opportunities in Africa, the challenges of doing business in Africa and what the respective Governments are doing to address them.
  • Provision of a match making platform between Nordic and African business. This matchmaking ultimately culminates into business partnerships.
  • Provision of a feedback channel for companies already doing business in Africa. The African Technocrats and bureaucrats hear first-hand from the  investors what challenges they face doing business in Africa such that the challenges  are addresses with the aim of creating a conducive environment for investment in African Countries.

Uganda named best investment country in Nordics

Hon Eng. Irene Muloni (Third from Left) holds Uganda’s award. Second from right is Uganda’s ambassador to Denmark, H.E Kibedi Zaake.

Uganda has been voted best investment country at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), an energy conference in Denmark, Copenhagen.

AEF is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors.  The event attracted over 2000 participants from global energy players.

Uganda’s Minister for energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni,  made a presentation that led to Uganda to be voted the best investment country, beating competitors; South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Zambia among others.

Hon Eng. Irene Muloni’s presentation was based on the role of the energy sector in facilitating for enhanced growth of the economy and available opportunities for investment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hon Eng. Irene Muloni and Uganda’s ambassador Kibedi Zaake (left) in one of the meetings with energy players in Nordics.

“Uganda is focused on becoming a middle class country by 2020, this can only be fast tracked by availability of reliable and enough energy to boost all sectors and stimulating growth of industries hence job creation. By end of 2018 Uganda would have doubled her energy quantities and increased access by the population,” she said.

She further informed that tools have been put in place for feed in tariffs and provision of predictable investment environment and also outlined the investment opportunities in oil and gas that include up streams, midstream and crude oil export.

The Minister assured the participants, of double digit returns on their investment.  She concluded by inviting serious investors to consider Uganda as the country is ready for business. She informed of the one stop Center at Uganda Investment authority that facilitates investors to get all the necessary documentation for business establishment in one place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda was voted ahead of other countries.She then took time off to market the countries other tourism potential areas. “We (Uganda) have  a strong natural resources base, peace and stable, liberalized economy, good investment policies and laws, conducive investment climate, abundant renewable energy sources, Besides being a home of great wonders like source of river Nile, Equator crossing and mountain Gorillas, Uganda has the friendliest people in the world,” she said.

 

 

 

 

Hungarian president offered 20 scholarships

Ambassador Zaake Kibedi paid a courtesy call to the Hungarian Ambassador in appreciation of the constructive discussion the Hungarian President had with the Ugandan Ambassador Accredited to Hungary when he presented credentials last week. In the discussion with Ambassador Tibaleka, The Hungarian president offered 20 scholarships to Ugandan students and pledged a grant of 20 million Euros towards projects identified by Uganda Government.

 

Afrigo Band Performing Live in Copenhagen

Afrigo Band Performing Live in Copenhagen at the 55th Uganda Independence Day Celebrations .The event is independence celebrations through a Culture and Tourism evening slated for 14th October 2017. The activities will include cultural and tourism exhibitions during day. In the evening there will be Traditional Ugandan cuisine, fashion show, music, dance and drama. The cuisine chefs will be led by Sylvester Bbaale of the famous Uganda Street food in Denmark and music and dance will be steered by Afrigo band. Venue will be at Shiny Star, Gammel Køge Landevej 117, 2500 København On October 14th 2017 14:00hours up to October 15th 2017 05:00hours                              

 

Danish Translation                                                                                                    Afrigo Band Performing Live i København på den 55. Uganda Independence Day Celebrations .Hændelsen er uafhængigheds fejringer gennem en kultur og turisme aften slated for 14 oktober 2017. Aktiviteterne vil omfatte kulturelle og turisme udstillinger i løbet af dagen. Om aftenen vil der være traditionelt ugandisk køkken, fashion show, musik, dans og drama. Køkken kokke vil blive ledet af Sylvester Bbaale af den berømte Uganda Street Food i Danmark, og musik og dans vil blive styret af Afrigo band. Stedet ligger hos Shiny Star, Gammel Køge Landevej 117, 2500 København 14. oktober 2017 kl. 14.00 til 15. oktober 2017 kl. 05.00

Dean of African Diplomats in Denmark

In the statement made by the Ambassador Zaake Kibedi in capacity as Dean of the African Diplomats in Denmark with the Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Ms. Karen Elle Manner who was the Guest of Honour at the African Day Celebrations focused on the following: AU heads of state resolution to develop a shared understanding of the African Demographic agenda, and engaging other key decision makers in the implementation of a road map with key deliverables and milestones which is aimed to guide member states and regional economic committees on concrete actions to be undertaken in 2017 and beyond and to commit to investing in a better future for the young people. He also talked about AU´S ITEMS ON THE AGENDA of; peace and security on the continent, infrastructural links and pools to boost dependable inter-connectivity for intra Africa trade and investments, Africa’s agenda 2063 and the current 10 years development programme, and the great strides of democracy achievement as ground rules continue to improve.

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Kibedi Zaake in the middle next on his left is  Ms. Karen Elle Manner Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation with other Heads of African Mission in Denmark

 

 

Ambassador Kibedi Zaake with  Ms. Karen Elle Manner on his left.

BRANDING AFRICA

BRANDING AFRICA CONFERENCE MALMO, 30th -31st/05/ 2017

Industry frontiers AB in collaboration with Southern African Chambers of commerce and Malmo University organized a 2nd branding Africa Conference from 30th -31st May 2017 under the theme “Unlocking Potential of cities through Investment, Collaboration and growth” The conference was sponsored by sustainable Business Hub and the Swedish Institute The conference was addressed by the Mayor of Malmo city, and the Permanent Secretary of Energy and water Development of Zambia gave a key note address.

Ambassador Kibedi Zaake gave an outlook on the investment opportunities in Uganda with a focus on Energy sector, Clean tech, Health care, Agriculture and Higher Education. In his presentation, he outlined the role cities play on the global arena vis-viz the theme, highlighted the Uganda perspective towards enabling cities/towns to effectively actualize their role in attracting investments and facilitating collaboration and growth. He also gave an outlook of the major five years National investment opportunities in Uganda aimed at increasing growth and development of the economy, and concluded with a presentation on the specific investment opportunities in Uganda.

The Conference that brought together participants/ Companies interested in doing business in Africa shared ideas on which sectors are viable for investment.

 

 

 

On his left is the Ambassador of Kenya while on extreme left is the Amb of Tanzania

Round table discussions  on issues of increasing on the number of scholarships to Africa were discussed and agreed on by the participants. Also discussed was the issue of curriculum that prepares students for white collar jobs only instead of training them to be entrepreneurs and job creators and not job seekers as Governments cannot absorb them all.

UGANDA–VIA COOPERATION

 

UGANDA–VIA COOPERATION

The Executive Director of UIRI [Uganda Industrial Research Institute – http://uiri.org] Prof Charles Kwesiga, had a constructive discussion with VIA University College, one of the institutions behind the success of the Danish fashion and design industry, about revitalizing the Uganda textiles industry.  http://en.via.dk .

Present with him was the ambassador of Uganda to the Nordic countries, H.E Zaake Wanume Kibedi.

VIA is Denmark’s largest university college with focus on applied science. It is an internationally oriented institution of higher education and helps develop the future of public and private professions.

Uganda embassy in Denmark wins Award

By Eseri Watsemwa

KAMPALA.

Excitement filled the Sheraton ballroom on Sunday night as tour operators, personalities, and media practitioners, among other tourism stake holders, emerged winners of the Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards.

The Vice President Edward Ssekandi graced the ceremony, which recognised best tour operators, media practitioners, and other stake holders in the tourism market, at the climax of the just concluded tourism expo.

Among them, Kampala Serena hotel won the award for best luxury hotel, Mutanda Lake Resort for the best mid-range accommodation, Rwanda Development Board for best regional tourism board, and Serena hotels was the best overall exhibitor.

Rwandair for the second time won the award for best airline and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was awarded the best wildlife destination. Mr Amos Wekesa and Ms Lilly Ajarova were winners of the tourism personality awards, while Uganda Wildlife Authority was crowned the best conservation institution.

Mr Wekesa is the Chairman of the Uganda Tourism Association and director of Great Lakes Safaris and Ms Ajarova is the Executive director at Chimpanzee sanctuary and wildlife conservation trust

In his speech, the vice president commended those who were awarded for raising the bar in tourism and the organisers for their efforts in making the expo a success.

“It is gratifying to observe that different sectors are working towards achieving our vision. This event offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our achievements by recognising personalities that have been the best of the best,” said Mr Ssekandi.

Mr Godfrey Kiwanda, the state minister of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, said the Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards were conceived to celebrate tourism and reward excellence in the sector and at the same time create a platform for key sector players in the industry to network.

“We want to ensure preservation of standards in the tourism industry to achieve our target of four million visitors by 2040 from the current 1.5million,” Mr Kiwanda noted.

The Ugandan Embassy in Denmark under the leadership of Mr Kibeedi Zaake was also recognized for its contribution to the tourism sector through their respective activities.

Uganda Tourism Board CEO, Stephen Asiimwe commended the efforts of the Ugandan mission in Denmark praising the commitment of ambassador Kibeedi.

“He (Kibeedi) is committed ambassador who came along to guide the travel writers and tour operators from the Nordic countries during the familiasation tour to various tourism attractions in Uganda. His hands on work should be imitated by others ambassadors ” Asiimwe further said that “Uganda’s embassy to Denmark has always come up with various initiatives to promote Uganda tourism in the Nordic countries. ”

In May last year the Ugandan Embassy to the Nordic countries kick-started events to have at least 500 people visit Uganda by end of year under the theme “TOUR UGANDA”.

Consequently, a delegation from the Nordic states comprising of tour operators, tour and travel writers, and business owners visited several tourist attractions in the country in November last year on the invitation of Mr Kibeedi Zaake.

ewatsemwa@ug.nationmedia.com