Whereas MTN has to a large extent complied with most of its license and regulatory obligations, there are a number of outstanding areas of non-compliance which must be addressed before UCC processes its application for renewal of a license, says Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC executive director in the report.
Maria E. Auma is a Ugandan entrepreneur and finance expert. She is currently the Managing Partner of Blue Luxury Investments, an investment management firm based in Kampala, Uganda.
Although Uganda is the 8th largest coffee producer in the world and the top African exporter, its coffee is relatively unknown in the United States.
Sharing biometric data with telecom companies without a data protection law openly facilitates illegal surveillance and threatens citizens’ enjoyment of the right to privacy.
A fully automated clearing house will offer a reduction in the time required to clear a cheque to two days and eventually to a single day. The beneficiaries of cheques will, therefore, receive their funds more rapidly according to Bank of Uganda.
Uganda secures a $4 million oil refinery deal, following African Legal Support Facility intervention
With the support of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Government of Uganda has successfully signed an agreement with a consortium of American and Italian firms to finance and construct a $4-billion refinery in the country’s Hoima district.
The denial of justice to the refinery-affected people by the High Court judges has led to the perpetration of injustices and human rights abuses that no justice-minded judicial officer should subject any citizen,” said Mr. Innocent Tumwebaze.
A national IT survey 2017/18 report released last week shows that within government ministries, agencies and governments or MDAs, ICT personnel account for only 1.9% of the total workforce up from 1.6% in 2012/13. There is also a gender bias among ICT personnel with 31.2% female vs. 68.8% male.
The National Information Technology Authority of Uganda or NITA-U has set up the e-citizens portal, http://ecitizen.go.ug/, a one-stop online center for Government online services.
Whereas MTN has to a large extent complied with most of its license and regulatory obligations, there are a number of outstanding areas of non-compliance which must be addressed before UCC processes its application for renewal of a license.
KWHCoin, the blockchain-based renewable energy company using a digital currency that converts renewable distributed energy resources to digital tokens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nurse In Hand (NIH) Emergency Response.
Nonprofit organization TechnoServe has announced four initiatives to boost the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers. Over the next five years, these new projects are expected to benefit nearly 90,000 farmers in four countries.
Vivo Energy Uganda has opened seven new Shell service stations in Uganda, bringing the total country network number to 140 service stations to date.
Humaniq, a next-generation financial service with its own cryptocurrency has announced a new live chart support in its Mobile App.
The Board of the African Development Bank Group has approved a loan of US $30 million to support the establishment of Rwanda Innovation Fund (RIF).
Wefarm secures $5million seed funding to reach offline farmers and ease pressure on global food supply
Wefarm, a farmer-to-farmer digital network currently in Kenya and Uganda has secured $5 million in additional seed funding, led by Silicon-Valley based True Ventures.
The Eastern Africa Grain Council, has launched the nine product standards for staple foods and two standards for sampling and test methods.
The African Development Bank has expanded its flagship publication, the African Economic Outlook, with five regional reports.
Investing in Greater Kampala will not only benefit residents, but the rest of Uganda, according to a World Bank report.
More than 4,776 women in Uganda have benefited from a TradeMark East Africa Women and Trade programme since 2015. They are part of the 25,000 women across East Africa who have directly benefited from the programme.
The Board of Directors of IFC and MIGA have approved a plan to refinance more than $400 million of loans to Bujagali Energy Limited and provide up to $423 million in guarantees in support of the Bujagali hydropower project.
The number of road traffic fatalities reported in Uganda has increased seven-fold over the past 25 years and 10 people die every day due to road traffic injuries, according to the report of the first United Nations Road Safety Performance Review.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Deepening regional trade and East African integration with one stop border posts
Traders passing through East African border points have traditionally grappled with harrowing experiences, from bureaucratic procedures to harassment by custom officials.
Edna Mudibo, a Kenyan small scale trader in the border town of Busia who frequents Uganda,has found renewed drive to carry on with her business and has ended years of cat and mouse games with police officers and border officials.
The Appellate Division dismissed an Appeal filed by Castro Pius from Tanzania, whose application was seeking for an injunction to stop the Partner States which had not signed the European Partnership Agreement not to sign the same.
The British High Commissioner to Uganda, Peter West has announced a new partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development and the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Uganda.
Israeli based construction and infrastructure company Shikun & Binui Ltd has secured a new contract to build an airport in Uganda.
Officials from the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania have opened talks aimed at reaffirming the borders of Uganda and Tanzania.
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The First Instance Division has granted an interim injunction to the British American Tobacco Uganda Limited, restraining and prohibiting the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Revenue Authority from collect excise duty due to discriminatory rates.
The International Finance Corporation has announced an investment of $3 million in Goodlife Pharmacy Limited, to help the company expand to more than 100 stores within four years to create a Pan-East African retail pharmacy chain.
Jameel Verjee is a British entrepreneur expanding his business in the hospitality industry across East Africa. He is Founder and CEO of CityBlue Hotels, founded in Rwanda and now expanded into Kenya and Uganda.
South African Deputy Minister of Trade Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Ugandan Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Amelia Kyambadde have committed to facilitating trade and investment flows between their respective countries.
Mastercard and USAID launch initiative to transform Kenya and Uganda refugee settlement schemes into digital communities
MasterCard and the U.S. Agency for International Development have launched a public-private coalition that will bring together technology, solutions and experience from multiple sectors to transform refugee settlements into digitally-connected communities.
If the East African community member states are not burning each other’s chicks, or auctioning cows, they are embroiled in trade disputes and mistrust in what has become characteristic of the integration journey.
From intercropping, mulching to relying on indigenous knowledge, smallholder farmers in East Africa are developing resilient techniques to insulate themselves from changing weather patterns at a time when studies show they will be among the most affected in years to come.
Born in Rwanda, open in Uganda and now in Kenya, CityBlue Hotel’s recent takeover of the landmark Creekside hotel at Tudor Point in Mombasa is a declaration of the company’s expansion plan for Africa.
Jubilee Holdings Limited has appointed Dr. Julius Kipng’etich as its Regional Chief Executive Officer.
Clinigen Group has extended its exclusive agreement with Eisai Europe to obtain the marketing authorisation and subsequently launch Halaven (eribulin), Fycompa (perampanel) and Lenvima (lenvatinib) into 10 African countries.
The Pay As You Earn tax year-end is looming in most East African territories, and governments are clamping down on non-compliance among businesses and individual taxpayers as they strive to raise more funding for public spending.
Britam Insurance Company (Uganda) Ltd has unveiled its new offices located in the prestigious Nakasero suburb in Kampala.
The Citi Foundation and the international nonprofit organization TechnoServe have unveiled three new projects to support young entrepreneurs and workers in Africa through the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative.
Liquid Telecom Uganda, part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has announced a partnership with The Innovation Village to support Ugandan start-ups with high-speed internet and cloud-based services.
Uganda government and UNDP launch implementation of a $44.26 million project to restore wetlands and build community resilience
The Government of Uganda and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have kick-started a new project on "building community resilience, wetlands ecosystems and associated catchments in Uganda."
Smile Communications and MediaTek have teamed up to bring the latest VoLTE smartphones to customers in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Andersen Global is proud to announce a presence in Uganda by way of a Collaboration Agreement with Ligomarc Advocates, a financial and corporate tax and legal firm.
A joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will boost agriculture value chains and enhance drought resilience in Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda.
John Pombe Magufuli, President of Tanzania and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of Uganda and Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, East African Community Secretary General have launched Mutukula One Stop Border Post (OSBP) located on the Uganda- Tanzania border.
East African Community receives $1.2 million from AfDB to finance multinational road between Uganda and Tanzania
The African Development Bank East Africa Regional Resource Centre (EARC), and the East African Community (EAC) have signed a financing agreement of $1.2 million to finance the Project Preparation Phase of three key Multinational Road Sections between Masaka in Uganda to Kumunazi in Tanzania.
Aon Plc the global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk has confirmed it has completed the sale of its shareholding in its employee benefit, insurance and reinsurance brokerage operations in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.
Online shopping firm, Jumia Uganda has partnered with Barclays to introduce the card-on-delivery payment option for customers in Kampala.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has agreed to support customs modernization project in Uganda with a grant worth $ 30m.
Multinational financial services corporation, Mastercard and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda have partnered to develop financial services and solutions that will improve livelihoods of Ugandans.
Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa has said that the private sector is the key driver for sustained economic growth which Uganda continues to promote in both domestic and foreign direct investment.
East African countries are grappling to balance two sometimes conflicting needs. On the one hand, they want to encourage foreign investment. On the other, they want to ensure that local skills and labour are not displaced by imported skills.
The savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
Building Energy, multinational company operating as a Globally Integrated IPP in the Renewable Energy Industry, announces the Inauguration of the Tororo Solar Plant, its first photovoltaic system in Uganda.
Oranto Petroleum has signed two production sharing agreements (PSA) in the Ngassa Shallow and Deepwater Play of Lake Albert in Uganda.
GroFin and USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub partner to increase access to finance for East African agribusiness SMEs
GroFin, a development financier which specialises in providing finance and support to small and growing businesses, has received a grant from USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.
Statesduka.com is the first budget online shopping and shipping website serving Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
Digital transformation initiatives in East Africa received a welcome boost as 52 skilled youth graduated from an expanded East African SAP Skills for Africa program.
RESTANCE, Inc has announced a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Company's East African Economic Development Strategy.
The International Monetary Fund recently stated that the oil reserves in Uganda may account for around four percent of the country’s economy annually in the next few years if managed well.
A report by Bank of Uganda found that the annual amount of money transferred through mobile money totalled Shs 43.83tn in 2016, up from Shs 32.7tn in 2015. This accounts for a 34 per cent jump in value.
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New DNA technology seeks to save millions of Uganda and Tanzania farmers from effects of cassava disease
Scientists at The University of Western Australia are using new portable DNA sequencing technology for the first time in East Africa to help farmers fight the devastating impact of crop disease.
South African Customs Union and East African Community deliberate on tripartite Free Trade Area market access
South Africa has played host to the 11th bilateral meeting between Trade Ministers of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the East African Community (EAC).
Heifer International is working with the nonprofit Sirolli Institute to help farmers start or grow successful businesses.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has completed 100G upgrades to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring.
Attendees at the upcoming Digital Marketing Masterclass taking place in Uganda and Rwanda can win an iPad and other prizes. Africa Business Communities has asked Markedu founder Michael Leander what this event is all about.
Merck Foundation commits to long term partnership with Government of Uganda in building healthcare capacity
Merck Foundation, a non-profit organization, and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA underscored their commitment to long term partnership with Government of Uganda to build healthcare capacity with special focus on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infertility and cancer.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority in partnership with the African Fine Coffees Association is set to provide specialty coffee training in preparation for the annual Taste of Harvest competition and the country’s first ever coffee auction.
A low-cost carrier, Vule Airways, is set to fly out of Entebbe International Airport starting November subject to regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.
[South Africa] The Department of Trade and Industry to assist black Industrialists find market in Uganda
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will take a group of Black Industrialists on an outward trade mission to Uganda from 18-23 September to assist them search for a market for their products and investments opportunities.
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has announced a $450,000 debt investment into a Ugandan milling business, Talian Company Limited.
In late July, Uganda chose a consortium, including General Electric Co., to build and operate a crude oil refinery, which will eventually process oil from fields being developed by Total SA and Tullow Oil Plc
A growing number of smallholder farmers in Kenya and Uganda continue to boost household incomes, improve nutrition and ease pressure on forests, thanks to interactive radio programmes.
TerraPay, the world's first mobile payments switch has successfully obtained an approval from Bank of Uganda to facilitate International money transfers to mobile wallets in the country.
The leaders of Tanzania and Uganda laid a foundation stone on Saturday for the construction of a $3.55 billion crude export pipeline that would pump Ugandan oil for international markets.
Uganda has picked a consortium including GE and Italian Saipem to build and operate the African country’s first oil refinery.
The Uganda Economic Update released by the World Bank today shows the country currently with a shortfall of nearly $1.4 billion in financing per year, equivalent to 6.5 percent of its GDP.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers, KAM, has launched the East African Community Intellectual Property Rights Regime Study which aims to enhance regional protection of IPRs, as a contributor to achieving the industrialization agenda.
Centenary Bank and Mastercard have announced their multipronged approach to digitizing Uganda’s economy in support of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy.
SAP Skills for Africa launches East African chapter with participation from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia
SAP Skills for Africa has launched its first-ever East African programme at an event held in Nairobi, Kenya.
United Bank for Africa (UBA) has announced the rollout of the Debit Mastercard card in Uganda to financially support its citizens.
At a landmark forum co-hosted by the China Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Uganda (CECCU) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), CECCU declared that Chinese enterprises operating in Uganda would support wildlife conservation
East African musicians have been featured on the CNN African Voices as they elaborate their career ambitions and why they’re focusing on their roots for inspiration.
Court declines to stop East African Community member states from signing Economic Partnership Agreement
The East African Court of Justice has declined to grant orders to stop East African Community Partner States which have not signed the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) not to sign the same.
Leading converged ICT solutions provider, iWayAfrica Uganda, has appointed Godfrey Sserwamukoko as Managing Director and a board member with immediate effect.
With focus on building a stronger financial payment sector and ensuring all citizens are financially included, Guaranty Trust Bank Uganda has launched the GTBank Debit Mastercard.
Nigeria will overtake the United States to become the third-most populous country in the world by 2050, according to a United Nations report.
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a $40 million equivalent IDA credit* to the Republic of Uganda for the Strengthening Social Risk Management and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Response Project.
Uganda and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding three proposed investment projects ranging from trade, agriculture and transport.
Uganda-based solar energy company SolarNow is due to open its first branch in Kenya on June 20th.
Uganda has continued to experience a rise in consumer price index from 6.8 percent experience in April to 7.2 per cent in May, Uganda Bureau of Statistics data shows.
The East Africa region attracted more than Sh113.7 billion ($1.1 billion) funds from Private Equity (PE) between 2015 and 2016, a new study has revealed.
In support of Uganda’s National Vision 2040, Mastercard has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Uganda Banker’s Association (UBA) to develop a framework that will strengthen the local financial services sector.
ZT Energy and Tryba Energy of France through their local company, Emerging Power Uganda Limited has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited, UETCL
Victor Chandler is back. After a 3-year hiatus, his first foray is set to be as part of a new sports betting and gaming company to be called Bet Lion, focusing on East Africa and launching in August.
President Museveni and President Magufuli have signed the East African Crude Oil Pipe Line Agreement(EACOP) as an expression of intent to go ahead with the construction of the1400km oil pipe line from Hoima to Tanga port.