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Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda)

Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda) is a Winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI Award) held on 22nd November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala during a High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony was organised by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The award is offered to Companies and organisations which promote and uphold International Best Standards and Practices and have made tremendous contributions towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.SASAKAWA was ranked by Public Opinions on 22nd November 2019 at the Best Wealth Creation Organisation in Uganda committed to ensuring improved agricultural productivity through transfering improved agricultural technologies accross the country.

The Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda) country program started in 1996, with the signing an MOU between SAA and the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). The main aim was to transfer improved agricultural technologies to enhance food security and household incomes of smallholder farmers. With funding from the Nippon Foundation of Japan since inception, SG2000 Uganda has operated in 60 districts and reached out to over 700,000 smallholder households and 400 Sub counties, trained over 4,180 extension agents in collaboration with various partners and stakeholders that support agriculture at various levels of the value chain.

SG2000 operates within the government extension structures and has further strengthened this by establishing Community Based Facilitators (CBFs), who are selected from farming communities and trained to complement delivery of extension and advisory services to smallholder farmers (SHFs).

The SG2000 Uganda program is managed together with the production sector under the district local governments in the program areas, where SG2000 together with the districts designate an SG2000 district coordinator who oversees the extension agents. Other partners include agro-input companies, off takers, financial institutions, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, FBOs and Media houses.

SG2000-Uganda has been under the leadership of Dr. Michael Foster from 1996 to 2007, who was succeeded by Mr. Emmanuel Kayaayo as interim director in 2008; and subsequently, Dr. Sarah Osiya and Dr. Roselline Nyamutale as Country Directors in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The program is currently implemented within 20 districts as follows: Nippon Foundation (NF) core project districts include: Oyam, Lira, Gulu in the North; Jinja, Palisa, Budaka, Tororo, Kamuli, Bugiri, Iganga in the East; Mityana, Nakaseke and Mukono in Central and Ntungamo in the West; the Farmer Based Organisation (FBO) project also funded by NF focusing on establishing economically viable FBOs continues in the 8 districts namely: Palisa, Budaka, Tororo, Jinja, Kamuli, Bugiri, Iganga, Lira and Kamwenge; Under the IFAD/Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Vegetable oil Development Project2 (VODP2), project districts include Jinja, Kamuli, and Iganga, while the Growth for Uganda (G4U) project funded by K+S GmbH Germany continues in Dokolo and Apac Districts in the North. The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers are currently promoting rice value chain in Namutumba, Buikwe, Mukono, Luwero, and Mityana districts.

Followings are some of the achievements for the past 20 years.
  • Contributed to evolution of the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) and subsequent formation of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
  • Spearheaded formation of Africa Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the Uganda chapter Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS).
  • Initiated Development of rural agricultural inputs stockists networks which gave birth to Uganda National Agro-Dealers Association (UNADA)
  • Spearheaded the NERICA (Upland rice) Revolution in Uganda in partnership with WARDA, CIMMYT, JICA, NARO NASECO and JICA that reduced imported rice by $20m and is providing income to over 450,000 farmers.
  • Introduced quality protein maize (QPM) and its utilization in human and livestock feed for Nutrition improvement
  • Took lead in establishment of community seed multiplication systems.
  • Established and operationalized 13 One Stop Centers (over 10,000 members- 57% women)
  • Under Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE), over 176 mid-career extension agents have graduated from Makerere University.
  • Initiated Japanese Oversees Volunteers (JOCVs) scheme and internship program for local and international students – supported rice production
  • Initiated the mobile farmer training /learning & soil testing lab in partnership with K+S GmbH-Germany.
  • Pioneered E-extension in partnership the private sector

It is against all the background and achievements that SG2000 Uganda received national and international recognition awards . SG2000 has twice an award from CIMMYT for being one of the best disseminators of drought tolerant maize in East Africa, and twice the Visionaries award from the Government of Uganda, an affirmation of the contribution and relevancy of her programs and alignment with the government’s focus that aims at attaining a middle income status by 2040.

Some of the unique activities in Uganda

THE ONE STOP CENTRE CONCEPT: In its endeavor to empower farmers and establish sustainable value chains for the selected enterprises within rural communities, in 2001, SG2000 Uganda initiated the One Stop Centre Association (OSCA) concept. The OSCA is a community based farmers’ Organization that is linked to services through a multipurpose infrastructure that aggregates demands for agricultural services to reduce transaction costs, builds entrepreneurial capacity to run services on a commercially viable and sustainable basis, integrates and strengthens institutional arrangements for key services such as inputs delivery, production, agro-processing and produce marketing; bridges the gap between the poor and the rich by bringing services closer to everyone in the community and making them more affordable. To date, 14 centers are in place.

MOBILE FARMERS’ TRAINING CENTRE (MFTC)

K+S KALI GmbH and SG2000 Uganda established a mobile training unit to reach out to smallholder farmers especially in hard-to-reach areas. It comprises of a soil testing laboratory and a training facility for improved crop production technologies, post-harvest processing and storage and product market using especially audio-visual aids.

List of Other Donor Funded Projects in Uganda
(Excluding Nippon Foundation funded program)

List of Awards & Certificates received in Uganda

 

SAA Uganda Office

Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda
Plot 15A, Clement Hill Road, Ruth Towers
P.O. Box 6987, Kampala, Uganda
+256-41-4345497 / 256-31-2261180

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Coronation Developers Uganda Ltd

Coronation Developers is a Winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI Award) held on 22nd November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala during a High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony was organised by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The award is offered to Companies and organisations which promote and uphold International Best Standards and Practices and have made tremendous contributions towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.Coronation Developers Uganda Ltd was Ranked by Public Opinions on 22nd November 2019 as the Best Building Company of the Year 2019 in Uganda. It has consistently maintained high Quality Services and Standards in the Building Industry but above all the company as committed itselft to work within the Framework of the Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

 

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National Planning Authority

National Planning Authority is a Winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI Award) held on 22nd November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala during a High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony was organised by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The award is offered to Companies and organisations which promote and uphold International Best Standards and Practices and have made tremendous contributions towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

National Planning Authority was established by the NPA Act (15 of 2002) in accordance with Article 125 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The Authority was established on backdrop of the need for:

Building the national capacity for visionary and long term planning. The Authority would establish a framework that enable the short and medium term national priorities to be derived from and guided by agreed strategic objectives, long term development goals and perspective vision aspirations.

Having in place an institution that will be responsible for ensuring a sustainable and balanced national development by integrating economic, social and political dimensions of development with spatial and environment aspects.

Creation of policy and institutional arrangements that will facilitate systematic integration of district plans into national development plans i.e. integrating decentralized and national development planning processes.

Establishment of a central forum for participatory development planning through sharing of ideas by different stakeholders and agreeing on courses of action. This would entail putting in place a consistent, efficient, co-ordinated and integrated framework and system of managing national planning for development and service delivery.

ASPIRATIONS

Nationwide consultations were conducted involving various stakeholders and consensus was reached on the following aspirations for Uganda’s future development:

  • Ugandans aspire to live and work in a peaceful, secure, harmonious and stable country where the rule of law prevails and respect for fundamental human rights observed. Ugandans want a corruption free nation with strong democratic structures and systems.
  • Ugandans aspire to have unity in diversity and equal opportunities irrespective of gender, tribe, ethnicity or religion. Ugandans aspire for a progressive and developmental culture that blends traditional beliefs and national values. Ugandans aspire for a future in which men, women, youth, children, and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate as equal partners in development.
  • Ugandans desire to be resourceful and prosperous nationals contributing to national development through gainful employment, savings and investments.
  • Ugandans desire to have access to affordable quality health and education services. Ugandans aspire for a healthy, literate and well informed society. We desire to live in clean and well planned settlements with access to all social amenities. Uganda aspires to be a society free of hunger with strong social safety nets.
  • Ugandans desire to have world class infrastructure and services, and modern technology to improve productivity and production. Ugandans also aspire to have access to clean, affordable and reliable energy sources to facilitate industrialization.
  • Ugandans desire a green economy and clean environment where the ecosystem is sustainably managed and the livability of the urban systems greatly improved.
  • Ugandans aspire for a highly moral and ethical society whose citizens are strong in religious and spiritual values, and instilled with the highest of ethical standards. A society in which people practice and profess their customs, cultures and religious beliefs and yet, feeling that they belong to one nation.

These aspirations, as well as emerging development opportunities and global trends, provide a basis and foundation for the realization of the Vision 2040.

THE VISION

Uganda Vision 2040 provides development paths and strategies to operationalize Uganda’s Vision statement which is

“A Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years” as approved by Cabinet in 2007.

This involves changing from a predominantly low income to a competitive upper middle income country within 30 years.. It is envisaged that the country will graduate to the middle income segment by 2017 and reach a per capita of USD 9,500 by 2040.

The Vision 2040 is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the economy to harness the abundant opportunities around the country.

The identified opportunities include:

› Oil and gas
› Tourism
› Minerals
› ICT Business
› Abundant Labour Force
› Geographical Location and Trade
› Water Resources
› Industrialisation and
› Agriculture

among others that are to date considerably under-exploited.

To achieve our vision the average real GDP growth rate will have to be consistent at about 8.2 per cent per annum translating into total GDP of about USD 580.5bn with a projected population of 61.3 million in 2040.

This will depend on the country’s capacity to strengthen the fundamentals to harness the opportunities. The fundamentals include: infrastructure (energy, transport, water, oil and gas,and ICT); Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation (STEI); land use and management; urbanisation; human resource; and peace, security and defense.

The Vision attributes, which are consistent with the principles of the constitution, are:
(a) Independence and sovereignty;
(b) Democracy and the rule of law;
(c) Stability and peace;
(d) Knowledgeable and skilled;
(e) Able to exploit and use its resources gainfully and sustainably;
(f) In a strong federated East Africa with an effective African Common Market and a strong African Defense Mechanism.

KEY VISION STRATEGIES

  • Review the architecture of government service delivery system to act as a unit, harness synergies and deliver public services efficiently and effectively.
  • Government will invest directly in strategic areas to stimulate the economy and facilitate private sector growth.
  • Pursue an urbanization policy that will bring about better urban systems that enhance productivity, livability and sustainability.
  • Government will pursue policies aimed at leapfrogging in the areas of innovation, technology and science, engineering, human resource development, public sector management, and private sector development.
  • Develop and implement a National Innovation System that will help in initiating, importing, modifying and diffusing new technologies.
  • Government will front-load investments in infrastructure targeting areas of maximal opportunities with focus on oil, energy, transport and ICT.
  • Accelerate industrialization through upgrading and diversification to effectively harness the local resources, offshoring industries and developing industrial clusters along the value chain.
  • To develop and nurture a national value system by actualizing a national service programme to change mind sets and promote patriotism and national identity.
  • The vision will be implemented in accordance with existing and future agreements, standards and protocols within the framework of regional integration.

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Kampala, Uganda
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Bank of Baroda (U) Ltd

Bank of Baroda (U) Ltd is a Winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI Award) held on 22nd November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala during a High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony was organised by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The award is offered to Companies and organisations which promote and uphold International Best Standards and Practices and have made tremendous contributions towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.Bank of Baroda Uganda Ltd was Ranked by Public Opinions on 22nd November 2019 as the Best Corporate Banking Institution in Uganda.

Bank of Baroda (U) Ltd started its operations on 18.12.1953 by opening its first branch at Kampala. Later on, it was incorporated as Subsidiary of Bank of Baroda-India with 49% shareholding of Govt. of Uganda. Under privatization move of Govt. of Uganda, Parent Bank- Bank of Baroda (India) became the sole owner by taking over 49% shareholding of Govt. of Uganda on 07.06.1999 and divested 20% shares to public in Sept. 2002.

In June 2002, bank split its share of Ugx.1,000/- each into Ugx.100/- each before divestment of 20% shareholding to the public. The IPO of 20% shares having face value of Ugx.100/- were offered at Ugx.600/- during Sept. 2002. Further, split of Bank’s share in a ratio of ten shares for every one share held has been affected on 08.09.2008. Consequently the nominal value of each ordinary share of UGX.100/- has been converted into UGX.10/- each.

Pursuant to the Financial Institutions (Revision in Minimum Capital Requirements) Instrument 2010, the Bank has enhanced its capital from Ugx 4.00 Bn to Ugx 25.00 Bn in two phases. The number of ordinary shares of Ugx 10/- each has also increased from 400,000,000 to 2,500,000,000.At present Bank of Baroda, India holds 80% shares of the Bank.

Bank of Baroda (u) Ltd was the first Financial Institution in the country to list its shares at the Uganda Securities Exchange. The Bank issued bonus to its shareholders at two occasions in 2011 and 2013.

  1. In 2011, the Bank increased its capital from Ugx 4.00 Bn to Ugx 10.00 Bn by issuing bonus shares to its shareholders.
  2. In 2013, the Bank again increased its capital from Ugx 10.00 Bn to Ugx 25.00 Bn by issuing bonus shares to its shareholders.

The Bank has facilitated unprecedented capital growth for its shareholders. Baroda shares have appreciated by 15 times of the initial investment in a span of 10 years which shows the respect and image of Brand Baroda.

Baroda is serving Ugandans uninterruptedly for more than 6 Decades. The Bank has contributed significantly in the reconstruction and development of the economy for more than 60 years of service to the people of Uganda. The Bank is one of the foremost leading international banks in the country presently operating through its 35 service outlets i.e. 15 (Fifteen) branches and 20(Twenty) ATMs with a wide geographical reach throughout Uganda. Baroda is one of the most compliant Banks in the country.

Baroda believes in rendering highest quality of service, customer care and operational excellence. The Bank therefore operates on a Robust Technology platform called “Finacle” since 2008. Transaction Based Internet Banking “Baroda Connect” offered by the Bank is best in the class in the whole banking industry.

Baroda provides an array of products ranging from Savings Bank account, Current account, Time Deposits, Loans & Advances, ATM facilities, Forex, Treasury, Remittances, Brokerage and Investment advisory, to mention a few besides remittance, forex, collection of URA taxes, water payment of NW&SC, NSSF contribution , Umeme Power Bills etc.

Bank of Baroda has in its own humble way tried to touch many aspects of community care by contributing towards various causes and helping the poor, downtrodden and underprivileged persons which are being looked into by very good organizations. It is a way to give back to the society by supporting the efforts of the Government, NGOs, educational institutions and organizations. The Bank has been contributing for the following causes:

Health

  • Two oxygen concentrator machine donated to Bugolobi Health Center.
  • Eye Sight saving camp conducted in conjunction with Lions Club Jinja at jinja branch.
  • Blood donation camps at regular intervals.
  • Donation for Heart Surgery of Ugandan Children in India through Indian Association.
  • Donation of Delivery Bed to Malera Health Center through Rotary Club at Mbale.
  • Financial Support to Bududa District for Disaster Commemoration through Mbale Branch.

Education & Religion

  • A scholarship to meritorious students of Busoga University.
  • Scholarship of education of Late Andrew Onek's two children for their two term fee.
  • Donation for construction of the classroom and teachers’ residence of Kagati Primary School.
  • Donation for construction of the roofing of new church building of ST LUKE BWEYO GERERE CHURCH OF UGANDA.

Sports

  • Sponsoring of Baroda Open Badminton Tournament conducted by Uganda Badminton Association.
  • Sponsoring of Western Uganda Rugby Tournament organized by Mbarara University of Science & Technology at Mbrara.
  • Sponsoring Charity Walk/Marathon for Cancer Patients.
  • Promoting culture and religious activities.
Baroda believes in Trust, Transparency, and Togetherness.