Mbarara Business Community Receives SMEs Training

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Over the years there has been a phenomenal growth particularly in the SME market and this has formed the backbone of Uganda’s economic growth. It is with this in mind that MTN has chosen to consistently support this section of the economy.

Representing MTN Uganda, the Senior Manager Enterprise, Hazel Twesigye said that starting this year, the training which initially handled 100 SMEs a year, has now been regionalised, with each region to be represented by 150 businesses.


“The training is well suited for the participants, covering a number of topics ranging from creating and preserving wealth, book keeping and personnel management through business planning and strategy development,” Twesigye explained.

Hazel Twesigye MTN Uganda, the Senior Manager Enterprise

This year, the first MTN Business regional training for SMEs was successfully held in the North at Bomah Hotel in Gulu on November 20, 2013, attracting over 80 participants from the districts of Gulu, Apac, Lira, Kitgum, Masindi and surrounding areas.

All the participants were presented with certificates on completion of the two day Business Management training.

Talking about the selection criteria of the participants, Twesigye said participants were asked to apply for the training, and thereafter vetted by the consulting team.

“MTN has launched a number of products and services aimed at making the lives of the business community as well as SMEs a whole lot better,” Twesigye clarified.

She then added: “MTN Cloud services as one such package that is increasingly becoming popular with business community is a one-stop shop for all business related data/software solutions.”

In Mbarara, participants converged at Lake View Hotel, to benefit from the programme that aims at empowering the SME segment with the knowledge and skills required to run successful businesses.

The training programme attracted participants from Bushenyi, Kabale, Masaka, Mbarara and Fort Portal districts.

For the last two years, the program which is run in partnership with KPMG Uganda delivers the technical expertise covering the following topics: Internal Controls, Working Capital Management, Business Planning, Interpretation of Bank Statements and Basic Knowledge of Taxation.

At the end of the training, participants were hosted by MTN to an evening cocktail, officiated by the Mayor of Mbarara Town, Mr. Wilson Tumwine.

During the closing ceremony the participants were awarded with certificates.

Delivering his remarks, Tumwine said, “Training for business people such as the one MTN Uganda has initiated is definitely a welcomed initiative as it provides business people with the right expertise to not only start up new business ventures but to also grow and sustain their current business to ensure optimum output and profitability. This is particularly important with the recent consolidation of the East African Confederation and the move towards the globalisation of business dealings”.

Tumwiine urged the participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired from the MTN training programme for their personal development and also as a tool to curve an edge in the face of competition.

The dinner was also attended by representatives from MTN Business, the MTN dealer representatives for the Western region, NGOs and Corporates from Mbarara.

The evening was crowned off with a draw in which some participants won WiFi routers courtesy of MTN Uganda to further enhance their businesses.

MTN Uganda has enabled job creation with direct and indirect support for more than 500,000 Ugandans and largely contributed to the overall growth of the economy as the top tax payer.

MTN’s long-term commitment to Uganda is strong, driven and aligned with Uganda and the aspirations of its people – seeking to build and develop the capacity of Ugandans, strengthen the nation’s economy and enable ICT across all regions of the country.

On an annual basis MTN Uganda invests over Shs 1.5 billion in the training and development of its employees.

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