On 15th March 2023, UGEFA was invited to participate in the close out event of Network for Innovation, Sustainability, Agriculture and Tourism (NISAT Programme) in Uganda. The event also served as an official launch of the Green Business Programme. This event was officially opened by the Chief Executive Stanbic Business Incubator Ltd (SBIL), Mr. Tony Okoa Otoa, and it brought together small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), ecosystem actors, financiers and other policy makers.
During the event, SMEs shared their experiences and the benefits that they had obtained throughout the programme. Many confessed to have learnt from the expert business advisory that was provided to them and said this would go a long way in improving the way they manage their businesses. They also had the opportunity to showcase their products and services.
UGEFA had the opportunity to participate in the panel discussion represented by Mr. Fred Opio, UGEFA Catalyser Coordinator. The panel discussed the future trends towards a new green economy, and how this can drive economic growth in the country; the opportunities available for green businesses in Uganda, and how they can position themselves to tap into climate finance opportunities. Another topic of discussion was Uganda’s environmental policies and their adequacy to drive Uganda's transition towards a green and inclusive economy.
Other speakers that joined the panel were Mr. Steven Seggujja, Head of Enterprise Banking, Stanbic bank; Mugisha Eliot Junior, Team leader at Rambura Safaris Limited; and Mr. Kasadha Nelson, Programme Manager of Stanbic Business Incubator. They event was officially closed by H.E Xavier STICKER, Ambassador of France to Uganda.
Last year, UGEFA had the opportunity to facilitate a master class on green entrepreneurship to the Stanbic Business Incubator Limited’s enterprises that were participating in the NISAT Programme. The programme provided coaching and mentorship, exposure visits, capacity building and financial support to SMEs in the agriculture and sustainable tourism sectors.