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Business Training Support to SMEs Can Foster job creation

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With a predominately Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) economy, Uganda continues to present a healthy investment opportunity for local and foreign players seeking to establish businesses across the different sectors in the economy. 

Spread across all sectors with 49% in services,33% in commerce and trade, 10% in manufacturing and 8% in others, SMEs are playing a key role in fostering innovation, wealth formation and job creation in Uganda, this is according to a 2020 October publication on the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) website.

The Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda classifies SMEs as micro, small and medium enterprises. Micro are those that employ between one to four people and with a turnover of Shs 0-Shs 10 million, then those with 5–49 people with a turnover of Shs 10-100 million are categorized as small, lastly, those with 50-100 people with a turnover of Shs 100-360 million are categorized as medium.

SMEs offer employment opportunities to Ugandans. Today, they cater for over 2.5 million individuals, approximately 90% of the Private Sector, and generate over 80% of manufactured output that contributes 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP) according to UIA.

The dynamic business environment within which SMEs operate has necessitated the need for training programs to foster their growth and guarantee continued employment creation and revenue generation for the government.  


Research shows that often times, thousands of SMEs in Uganda don’t live to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. This is partly attributed to inadequate or no knowledge about the business they are running, cash flow challenges arising out of many factors and the in appropriate allocation of resources among others that are necessary for their sustainability.

As one of the solutions to address the human capital development gap that exists among the SMEs, last month, Airtel Uganda launched the Airtel Franchise Partner Development Programme, which is part of Airtel’s strategic corporate social responsibility initiative aimed equipping Franchise Partners with business skill sets that will see them become efficient, improve their individual performance and hence become more profitable. This will replicate into a sustained value chain creating jobs for Ugandans.

These franchise dealers represent a vast majority of the small to medium enterprises in Uganda and have similar needs. The training was launched in Hoima municipality, one of Uganda’s budding hotbeds for SMEs and corporations looking to make a contribution in the oil and gas sector.

During the 3-day inaugural training, up to 34 business managers were trained on topics like; Personal Money Management, Basic Business Skills, running a franchise business, Tax and Responsible Trading and Environmental Awareness.  

The training was quite enriching because it gave participants a wide view of running a business ethically and successful. The sessions were facilitated by experts from various institutions including; Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), NSSF Uganda, Ability Explored and Airtel Uganda.

The facilitators included; Ronald Mayanja, the CEO Ability Explored, Asiimwe Moses, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Area Representative in Hoima and John Aheebwa, Area Manager National Social Security Fund NSSF – Masindi and Hoima.  

The key takeout for the businesses was the recommendation given by URA’s Asiimwe on the importance of getting the right task profiles for a business that one is operating. For instance, he advised mobile financial services agents at the training to classify their businesses under financial services, unless they have other businesses they operate, for tax planning purposes.  

This can save their businesses from incurring tax and expenses that might result from being categorized under a wrong tax profile.

In addition, other facilitators covered areas like budgeting, research, planning among other that are key in sustaining a business’s growth.   

With the right business training and operation skills coupled with application of the information provided at the different business seminars, SMEs can survive and thrive above five years, and continue to create countless opportunities for the local and international population that is directly or indirectly employed or supported by the SME sector.

Written by Ali Balunywa at Airtel Uganda  



Source – www.galaxyfm.co.ug

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VIDIYO! Doreen Kabareebe alaze sikiiru y’okuzina, kino kye bayita okunyenya ekiwato n’omusajja n’asiima

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Family Throws Out Covid 19 Suspect

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Family Throws out Covid 19 Suspect

In a desperate move to avoid contracting the deadly covid19 virus,a family decided to isolate their Son in the bush after he started showing symptoms.

Locals in Kangole Sub County , Bukedea district were surprised to learn that the teenage son was living in the bush after he developed a sudden cough.

Micheal Moses Ocan the area LC says the Covid 19 suspect had recently traveled home from Kampala where he was studying when he presented Covid 19 like symptoms including a cough ,fever and runny nose.

Out of panic,the family members decided to isolate the boy in the bush for fear of contracting the virus.


“When the family discovered that he had signs of the virus, they agreed to isolate him in the bush. He also accepted since his body was not normal”, Ocan told police.  

Family Throws out Covid 19 Suspect

He says the family whose names have been witheld have since been checking on and treating the boy from the bush.

He is now being treated in the bush where he is provided with everything including food. His samples were picked by the district task force to confirm whether he is negative or positive.” Ocan says.

Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner expalins that lack of isolation centers in the district has led to circumstances like this.

“As a district, we do not have an isolation center and funds but we are working hard to reach people in the community to educate them on the dangers of the virus”, said Okiswa.

It is not yet clear what ailment the covid19 suspect is being treated for considering he has not tested for the virus as yet.

The Bukedea District authorities say the community doesn’t have have testing kits to check if a suspect is positive or negative .

Also lack of isolation centers has led to an increase in suspected cases upcountry because most families live in large numbers and share one room.



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Sheilah Gashumba teases netizens with 4 stylish bathroom pics

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Sheilah Gashumba shares exclusive pics while cooling off as she sips on Martinelli in the bathtub

Admittedly, bathrooms often get the reputation for being one of the least stylish rooms of the entire home.

Sheilah Gashumba shares exclusive pics while cooling off as she sips on Martinelli in the bathtub

Whether you’re working with a small powder room or the main suite, bathrooms are often regarded as being strictly utilitarian: Where you dry your hair, brush your teeth, or perfect your skincare routine. But in reality? Bathrooms are bursting with endless inspiration—you just need to get a little creative.

Socialite Sheilah Gashumba has taken the whole game to another level as she shared four stylish and exciting bathroom pics.

She proudly flashes her controversial tattoo she acquired after nasty break up with God’s Plan

In the pics, Sheilah, who is currently in South African for business sips on a glass of Martinelli as she cools off after a long day in the bathtub.


She also flashes her controversial tattoo she got after breaking up with God’s Plan.

“Before you search for someone to love you. You must love yourself first. Self love is the best love. Two hour shower playing my favorite songs and drinking my favorite sparkling wine @martinellisug”, she captions the pics.

Sheilah Gashumba shares exciting bathroom pics on social media

Of course social media in-laws have already camped on her posts demanding the 25 year old public figure to reveal to them who took the those shots.

Will she respond? Well we are waiting!

Meanwhile, Sheilah Gashumba is also warming up for a mega return on screen. Earlier this month she posted exclusive pics while on set.

“Filming daily from 6AM to 10PM with a South African production company, Can’t WAIT for you guys to find out what TV show we are working on”, she notified her fans about her return on screen.



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