On the 10th of February 2016, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) held the Private Sector Awards at the Royal Suites Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. The event was organized by PSFU and the media was represented by top TV stations such as NTV, NBS, WBS, UBC. Radio stations, such as Capital Radio, Radio One, Super FM, CBS and key print media including New Vision, The Monitor and Observer also covered the event. The awards were attended by over 175 business associations, incorporated companies and Government Development Agencies, all of whom are playing a critical role in the development of the private sector in Uganda.
The focus on Business Associations was on the role they have played in nurturing small and medium businesses in Uganda through collaborations and partnership activities that allow small firms to develop a competitive advantage and access to the necessary resources for business start-up, growth and on-going development phases. PSFU also recognized corporate companies who through their innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approaches championed investment amongst young adults who are a critical potential asset in human resource development; underwriting Uganda’s future national competitiveness. For the first time, PSFU also recognized the Government Agency of the Year that offered innovative programs or improved its services and efficiency in supporting the private sector in Uganda.
The Rural Association of the Year 2015 award went to NUCAFE, with the runner-up being Adyaka Rural Youth Development Association. The award recognized business associations with a network-based initiative and a focus on innovation and market-based strategies that promoted economic empowerment of rural communities. Formal groups, networks and registered cooperative societies at village, sub-county or division level that have been in existence for more than four years were also eligible to participate in this category.
Accepting the award, NUCAFE Executive Director, Joseph Nkandu said “NUCAFE comprises more than 180 coffee farmer associations and cooperatives, mobilised from more than 200,000 households, that share knowledge and skills on all aspects of having an equitable share of the treasures of coffee commercial farming.” Mr. Muluya Philip Luyombo, a coffee farmer in Kabonera Coffee Farmers’ Association, added “There was such a great change in my family’s living standards that we not only improved our house, but also bought a new car from the coffee proceeds of working with NUCAFE.”
Other awards included:
The Business Association of the Year award went to the Uganda Insurance Association (UIA).
The Business Champion for Young Children went to Standard Chartered Bank and Century Bottling Company Limited who were announced joint winners due to a tie in nominations.
The Government Agency of the Year was scooped by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
Three awards in each of the four categories were awarded, with the good work of the runners up being openly acknowledged.
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