PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has appreciated the contribution Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry made in encompassing all private sectors with the bulk being small and Agro-based /Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
“Through the Chamber support, some of the organizations have grown by leaps and bounds. This is an important contribution because the civil society and the private sector have a key role in enhancing business opportunities in this country” he said.
Museveni said the Chamber has supported CSOs, NGOs, local governments among others; and has continually provided capacity-building support in order to ensure the delivery of quality services to the people of Uganda.
He said the government will continue strengthening and operationalizing existing policy and institutional frameworks in UNCCI in order to scale up the delivery of comprehensive services to communities.
In his speech read for him by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, during UNCCI Annual General Meeting recently, President Museveni, said Government will also commit to continue providing necessary leadership, build and maintain effective business growth opportunities.
The President urged members of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to continue championing this cause by taking individual and collective responsibility to promote trade and marketing developments, tourism, transport, and Agribusiness services/
This, he said, will ensure the country has an enabling environment for the sustainability of the private sector-led growth
The UNCCI President, Olive Kigongo, stressed that the Chamber will deepen its root countrywide through consultations, meetings, and workshops. Kigongo said the chamber’s AGM 2018, is not only celebrating accomplishments but also over 85 years of existence worth being a vibrant organization, focused on enhancing business opportunities locally, regionally, and internationally.
“Your Excellency, It is so important for us to have these opportunities to connect with our community. Today’s annual general meeting is about the success we have met as an organization, the synergy we have found within these walls, the barriers we have knocked down, and the opportunities we have built up,” Kigongo said.
“We have served the business community through trade and marketing development at all levels in the country delegating government services and we continue to advocate for the private sector in the business achievements”.
UNCCI encompasses all private sectors with the bulk being small and Agro-based /Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Chamber sectors include internal and external trade, industry, tourism, transport, and Agribusiness services.
UNCCI also works with other key partners and players to ensure the enabling environment for the sustainability of the private sector-led growth
“It has been important for us as a Centre to enter this phase with not only the same passion and purpose when UNCCI was established 85 years ago, but also to add our own flavor to the mix” she said.
Kigongo further reiterated that the UNCCI has reviewed its practices to establish a multi-sectoral membership with a nationwide outreach and a refocused passion that reflects the needs of today’s community. This, she said, aims to attain eminent business association dedicated to advancing, commerce and industry relations within Uganda and globally through its networks within the International business community.
“This review came at the perfect time, and allowed us to define a clear baseline to capitalize on the opportunity to work with others and share our broad organization vision,” Kigongo said
UNCCI is characterized by a network of district Chamber branches which cut across all regions in districts of Uganda.
In its 2018 annual report, which features the Chamber’s achievements and challenges, the Chamber has undertaken many projects to prepare for this moment. It has redeveloped its internal project and strategy logistic and communication systems to increase accountability and transparency within the leadership team, with a strategic plan that will guide the Chamber through.
The Chamber is also planning to initiate a new employee recognition and client achievement program, to highlight and capture the work that has been done in the country right from the grassroots to the national level.
“Your Excellency once again, this is to inform you that we have, our new tagline for 2019, which is: Leading. Empowering and inspiring others. This will serve as a reminder for us to always aspire for more; continue as leaders and inspire the communities near and far to not only accept, but also embrace individuals with challenges for a better and transformed lifestyle”
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