PPDA (The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority) launches e-GP to the Ministry of Education during an online change meeting held at their headquarters. The meeting happened on 9th November and included a presentation with a number of delegates from PPDA, e-GP team, PDU and The Ministry of Education and Sports.
This meeting was intended to create awareness for the change and seek buy ins from the Ministry of Education. The chairperson Ms. Kate Lamaro, the permanent secretary of the Ministry welcomed everyone to meeting and urged the different entities to embrace the new reform and acknowledged the e-GP team for its remarkable work. She then called upon the Commissioner Head of Department finance and also a representative of the ED, PPDA, Mr. David Kiyingi who elaborated on how e-GP started about 10 years ago and how they have worked tooth and nail to seek the reform in operation time the procurement department deployed a group of locals ICT developers who built the current e-Gp system which has since been so efficient and user friendly. He urged people to embrace the reform for the advantages that come with it.
Mr. Ronald Tumuhaire (Manager Capacity building PPDA) then kicked off the presentation alluding to the intent of the meeting, the solutions to the preceding challenges including poor record management, constrained monitoring of procurement, unsatisfactory procurement plan and many more. He went ahead with giving justification for e-GP which comes with improved budget absorption, increased information access, improving debriefing of unsuccessful bids, improved value for money and so many more.
e-GP is not only giving a new turn to its entities but catering for the suppliers. He goes ahead to name the implications of e-GP to its different entities namely; All procurements being done on the system, keenness during procurement. The procurement plan will have to be updated retrospectively for emergency procurements, timeliness of the staff as well as others.e-GP has registered success factors like; strong sponsorship support, facilitation and adaptation to online training, bidder registration support, real time issue logging and success in 12 entities.
He ended with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’. The meeting was climaxed with closing remarks from the chairperson where she said the Ministry is ready for the reform and hopes that come January when the reform is fully launched all entities are able to work well with it. The moderator Mr. Erukwaine Godfrey thanked the e-GP team for the great work and hopes that the entities are able to work well with the reform.
We remember the e-GP has worked on this reform since January 2018 and is fully establishing it in 2021. With a clear roadmap that is channeled to driving e-GP and procurement as a whole to the next level.
On Sunday 25th April 2021, Dr. Ruth BiyinzikaMusoke made a presentation to the newly elected National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament at Kyankwanzi.
The topic was; “Youth in Politics: Harnessing the novel concept of the “Youth quake” on the Ugandan Political Landscape; personal Experiences of a young leader in Uganda”
In her presentation, she stated the possible causes of the “youth quake” and below aresome of her recommendations to the causes;
Kampala- 25th March, 2021
At its 42nd Annual General Meeting, the Federation of Uganda Employers has reelected NWSC MD Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha as it’s chairman.
The Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) was registered on 18th August 1960 under the names of Society of Employers was changed to Federation of Uganda Employers on 17th August 1961 under the Trustees incorporation Act 1939. Today FUE is the voice of Employers on Social Economic issues. It is recognized locally and internationally by the International Labor Organization
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi applauded Dr. Silver Mugisha and his Board for the transformational leadership at the federation.
She applauded employers that rendered support to their employees amidst the COVID-19 challenges that affected a number of businesses.
She urged business owners and employers to effectively address employee issues with an aim of motivating staff, avoid litigation and creating an enabling working environment.
She further guided that employers should equip workers with skills and competencies to enable them respond to the needs of the labour market in Uganda.
The FUE Chairperson, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha in his remarks, underscored the importance of TVET policy in the country.
” Many employers should emulate the TVET policy. A number of employers don’t want to take on graduate trainees. However, how shall we push the skilling Uganda initiative without giving students an opportunity to learn on the job?” he said
According to Dr. Silver, some schools are churning out graduates without practical skills, and yet, the country needs people who know what to do and are relevant to the world of work.
Dr. Silver added that the new Board will focus on working with the membership to give FUE a new home, enhance member value proposition, increase membership and work to incorporate members from the informal sector among others
Hon. Peter Werikhe, The Secretary General NOTU thanked FUE for patronage in advancing the Employment industry.
“As workers we are grateful to Employers for ensuring that some employees kept their jobs despite the pandemic.” he said
The FUE ED Douglas Opio in his remarks, appreciated the Government’s support towards the employers, employees and the various youth livelihood improvement initiatives.
He urged members to adhere to the National Employment policy which guides in creation of jobs through clear policies and regulatory framework
Mr Opio shared that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic challenges, the federation has had grown by 10%.
“The organisation has made significant progress amidst the crisis”. Employers should continue to engage with FUE to address workplace issues and invite more employers to join FUE. We are stronger together and every good employer is a member of FUE”. he said
The New FUE Governing Council
Chairperson: Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha
Vice Chairperson: Martha Munnu Omer
1. Vivo Energy Uganda
2. Housing Finance Bank
3. Jubilee Life Insurance
4. Roofings Limited
5. Footsteps Furniture Company Limited
6. Vi Agroforestry Uganda
7. Mbale Area Federation of Communities
Vice Chair: Annet Nakawunde Mulindwa
2. Q-Sourcing Limited
3. Uganda Clays Limited
4. CCBA Uganda
5. Uganda Tea Association
6. M&E Associates
7. World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda
By Benson Turamye
Uganda will join the rest of the international community to mark the International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March 2021. The day will be celebrated under the theme, Building on Women’s Strength for a Better Future in a COVID-19 World. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected many countries and indeed created many challenges that are seemingly insurmountable, nations around the world are slowly and steadily recovering. This year’s theme therefore, is an opportune moment to reminisce on how we can continue to engage the women in Uganda’s development agenda, the aforementioned challenges notwithstanding.
The International Women’s Day is also an occasion to look back at how far we have come as a country and indeed as humanity in harnessing the potential of women to address the development challenges of our times. Owing to history, culture and ignorance, many societies in the world have over the years failed to realize the role women do play in the development programmes of their communities. With the women emancipation movement however, countries have rather belatedly understood the invaluable contribution of the female gender to the development of nations.
The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) appreciates the significance of the female gender if we are to attain our development aspirations as enshrined in the National Development Plan and Vision 2040, plus other national, regional and international development instruments we subscribe to. Women constitute more than 50% of our population. Therefore, it is foolhardy to imagine that we can make any significant strides in our development journey without recognizing the importance of the biggest segment of our population.
It is against this background that with support from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) we conducted a study to review the opportunities and barriers to participation of women entrepreneurs in public procurement in Uganda. The study found out that women in business face challenges including lack of awareness on public procurement among others. The findings from the study also revealed that a collection of initiatives involving a collaborative approach by various stakeholders would be required to have any impact.
Furthermore, according to the study, increasing women’s economic opportunities in Uganda’s public procurement system, in the region and in the world is not a favour. It is anchored on a number of factors:
To this end, the PPDA has engaged the women owned businesses as well as women entrepreneurs currently involved in public procurement to build their capacity in public procurement.
In collaboration with Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Limited (UWEAL), the PPDA has undertaken the equipping of potential women entrepreneurs, with knowledge and information to successfully bid for public contracts. Activities to ensure this included capacity building exercises in Kampala, Masaka, Mbarara, Mbale, Gulu, Jinja, Soroti, Hoima, Kitgum, Fort Portal and Pallisa Districts. To date, capacity building engagements have seen more than 600 women in the supply and services sectors trained in best public procurement practices.
Additionally, a redesign of the Register of Providers under the PPDA has been undertaken. The objective of this redesign is to promote the visibility of women owned businesses and provide an opportunity for women to showcase their skills and experience which shall augment their chances of participating in public procurement.
The PPDA has also issued guidelines on reservation schemes to promote local content in public procurement. A reservation scheme serves to set aside procurement opportunities to benefit a target group of providers such as women, youth, and the elderly depending on the objectives. It is a kind of affirmative action.
The reservation schemes which also provide for increasing the input of local labour, goods and services in the procurement of public sector projects, goods and services within the country will tap into the potential of hitherto marginalized groups including women, youth, persons with disabilities and the elderly.
With these initiatives and others that we shall continue to unravel, we look forward to the enhanced participation of women in business and ultimately in public procurement. We wish all women and all Ugandans the very best on the 2021 International Women’s Day.
The writer is the Executive Director
Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority, PPDA
On behalf of URSB and on my own behalf, let me take this opportunity to thank you for honoring our invitation to participate in this training and for your support during the discussion, passing, and launch of the Policy. URSB is truly grateful.
Your contribution to the realization of the objectives of the National IP Policy 2019 is very key and we commit to continue providing the necessary knowledge to all the stakeholders during the implementation process.
Development and commercialization of Intellectual property require robust efforts in harnessing of ideas in education and research institutions, protection and enforcement of rights in the country and at the border, capacity building for relevant institutions, and consistent sensitization of Uganda’s citizens in all sectors of the creativity, innovation, and business value chains; it is not possible for one agency or Ministry is however willing to implement the policy alone.
URSB is therefore relying on your support to make the objectives in the policy a reality. So far, your efforts are very promising in this regard, even before the passing of the policy, collaborations with your MDA’s were yielding some good results and we are confident that efforts will get even more enhanced with the policy in place.
As you may recall, the Cabinet approved and passed the National Intellectual Property Policy in May 2019 and it was officially launched by the President in September 2020. The next step which is also the most important is to strategize and implement; this training is aimed at providing the necessary direction in that regard.
URSB encourages members present to actively participate in order to have a clear understanding of their roles and how they can begin implementing them as soon as possible.
Ladies and gentlemen, the transformation of the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country as envisaged by the policy will depend largely on how fast Uganda can harness, protect and utilize intellectual property in a manner that encourages innovation and creativity. As a committee in charge of implementing the policy; this depends largely on the interventions we begin to undertake from now on; let us, therefore, commit to succeed knowing that if we don’t, our prosperity as a country is at stake.
Once again, I thank you for taking the time off your busy schedules for this training and I wish you fruitful deliberations.
For God and my Country.
President Yoweri Museveni launched the National Intellectual Property Policy and the Security interest in Movable Property Registry System (SIMPO) at State House in Entebbe Uganda.
The National Intellectual Property Policy is said to give innovators the full protection of the law through patents, copyrights, trademarks among others. The innovators will be able to earn their rightful recognition and financial returns for their efforts.
The launch event was flocked by other government officials including Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu and stakeholders from a cross-section of Ministries, involved in the intellectual property value chain and the financial services sector.
President Museveni further took to his socials to give a statement on the relevance for this property policy to Uganda and its citizens:
“It is important that Government creates an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive. The improvement in the quality of human life and man’s transition from a primitive existence to modernity are attributed to the discoveries in medicine, engineering, architecture etc.
It is through the creations of the human mind that we have been able to tame nature throughout the four and a half million years of man’s existence on earth. Therefore, it is crucial that individuals or groups are rewarded for their innovations.
However, we cannot talk about Intellectual Property Rights without addressing the issue of funding for our scientists who are behind most of the innovations which benefit all of us. Today, the whole world is waiting for scientists to develop a Corona virus vaccine and cure.
Ugandan scientists are also working day and night to come up with a vaccine and cure to this deadly disease. Without the work of the scientists, the whole world is doomed. This explains why we should invest highly in the innovations of our scientists. They are our life savers when faced with natural calamities such as: diseases, floods, drought, pests etc.
The NRM Government’s drive towards industrialisation is based on scientific research and innovation to support value addition on our local products. Uganda is endowed by nature with a wide variety of raw materials that can be processed into finished products. Our agricultural value chain for most products is still incomplete.
This means that we are exporting raw materials which fetch less revenue for the Country and donating jobs to other people. For instance, our youth can be helped to make quality hand bags and shoes from the cow hides and skins.
The National Intellectual Property Policy does not cover only the work of scientists. It also protects the creative works of artists like songs, paintings, literary writings etc. For many years, African Literature was mainly oral and was passed on from generation to generation through storytelling, songs, chants etc. We now have an opportunity to preserve our rich African Literature through copyright.
The same will apply to the local music productions by some of our young people that Ugandans like listening to. This is a significant achievement which will encourage the development of talent and reward the hard work of dedicated individuals in the entertainment industry.
Finally, the Security Interest in Movable Property Registry System will enable Ugandans to use their moveable assets as collateral to borrow money for their businesses from financial institutions.
To most lenders, collateral means having land or a building; but if I have a thousand herd of cattle, each valued at 1 million Uganda shillings, why would you refuse to finance my investment? For entrepreneurship, agriculture and industrialization to thrive in Uganda, Government will continue to address the issue of high lending rates amongst financial providers. “
As more and more leaders come to understand that employee empowerment is paramount to achieving organizational goals, they realize that people are their most strategic asset; all other organizational elements – technology, products, processes – result from the actions of workers. To that end, leaders are increasingly concerned about ensuring that their employees feel truly empowered to contribute to the company’s mission and drive value to customers.
Most company owners don’t realize that being a leader in a business requires helping employees to do their jobs without constant micromanagement. When employees can work independently, the employer’s time is freed up to do other necessary business tasks.
Doing the job independently and being empowered are similar but slightly different. When employees are empowered, they feel the ability to make certain decisions, rather than only following the standard procedures when working independently.
Empowerment has huge benefits for the employee, the team and the company bottom line.
As company policy, All Round Consult is well known for awarding the most outstanding staff member of the year, based on how hard a person has performed and merit, discipline, and hard-work shown all through, voted and chosen by entire staff team. This is done to ensure all members of the staff are working hard towards personal growth and accomplishments plus the growth of the company.
Meet our 2019-2020 Employee of the year and star employee of the year.
Gloria Angwech Office Administrator
Frank Bakama Graphics Editor
These two individuals have worked tirelessly and wholeheartedly in ensuring the company’s success over the past 10 years. There commitment and loyalty, service above self and flexibility in working hours is the reason they stand out.
This is to inspire and motivate all employees, that the performance one showcases at a work place is what makes them essential and irreplaceable. Our boss once, “While an education background secures you a job, performance and discipline in a workspace secures you a position in any company or organization.”
Did you know that beef costs $17 per kg in the US yet in Uganda it costs $2 only? If you’re a farmer or planning on embracing farming, this is a must read. “Developing our economy with goods and services that meet peoples basic needs and are on high demand is the only way to go.
As we celebrate #HeroesDay we shall be bringing you the heroes and heroines that have and still play a big role in ensuring that our President HE KagutaMuseveni and the NRM Manifesto theme of “Taking Uganda to Modernity through Job creation and inclusive Development” 2016-2021″ is achieved, In this issue, we feature the private permanent secretary to the President Mrs Irene Birungi Mugisha who as a seasoned writer had something to say to ensure that we Ugandans utilize our economic potentials as the President advised in one of his speeches.