The Chairperson of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, Pamela Kamugo Nasiyo has said business woman Dr. Amina Hersi is an icon in empowering and inspiring women in the country.
Talking to ChimpReports on Wednesday, a day after Parliament honored the business woman, Ms. Kamugo said most women in the country are currently actively joining and establishing businesses because of the inventiveness of established women like Amina.
“Women in Uganda, just like other developing countries in Africa and Asia, had largely taken backstage as far as business is concerned. I am now happy that many women are establishing businesses and they look up to the likes of Amina Hersi,” said Hon Kamugo.
Parliament yesterday, in a motion moved by Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal honored Dr. Amina in recognition of her award of Entrepreneur of the Year of Africa by the European CEO Magazine.
According to Ms. Kamugo, who also represents the women of Budaka, Amina deserves the honor for championing empowerment of women through creation of jobs and mentoring them.
“I thanked Dr. Amina Hersi for empowering women in the country and mentorship and I implore her to continue championing the same cause,” she added.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister, Vincent ssempijja thanked Dr. Amina for her contributions in the economy.
“Dr. Amina Hersi has made great investments in the Ugandan economy and indeed contributed to its growth. Government should embrace Public – Private Partnerships as a strategy of service delivery and development,” said Ssempijja.
Amina is currently constructing Atiak Sugar Factory in Amuru District to help rebuild the local economy and create business opportunities especially for women. The factory, in which government has shares, occupies about 16,000 acres of land and is due for completion this year.
When fully operational, the factory is expected to produce 50,000 tonnes of sugar per day. It will be consuming sugarcane entirely supplied by the local farmers.