It is a pleasure to welcome on agri-business panel Dr Allam Ahmed who will share a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the delegates.
The panel will discuss among others; To what extent can agribusiness in Africa (Uganda) be profitable, attracting foreign and local businesses to invest in this long-neglected sector? This panel will explore the role a profitable agribusiness sector will play in supporting economic growth, achieving food security, generating sustainable employment and enhancing small farmers’ skills. Agribusiness is indeed vital for Africa to the extent that agriculture employs 65% of Africa’s labor and represents 32% of gross domestic product. To stress some positive outcome, last year through the same forum a group of investors committed to invest more than $3million in a maize processing plant. Another group donated more than $50,000 to the 1st Lady who was among the guests of honour at the 2nd Convention to buy two tractors for the women of Karamoja to start an agri-business.
[quote]”It is an initiative to assist the flow of investment from Ugandan migrants (Diaspora) to reduce rural poverty and boost food security in Uganda. Investments in agriculture and efforts to better link farmers with emerging markets can have an enormous positive impact on economic growth and food security. In a joint initiative with uganda Investment Arthority, we will work to involve Diaspora entrepreneurs and key strategic entities to implement projects that stimulate the development of the agricultural sector. In particular, the initiative will seek to identify and identify investors to co-finance viable ideas and models linking food security, diaspora investment and agricultural value chains” The Chairman, Mutenza said.[/quote]
Dr Allam Ahmed is the Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD); Expert Advisor to the European Commission on International Scientific Cooperation; International Co-ordinator UNESCO Chair on Transfer of Technology (UNESCOTT) and has worked extensively for the World Bank, UN, European Union, referee for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Food Programme, FAO, and for various governments, in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD); World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WJEMSD). He is also the Editor Book Series: World Sustainable Development Outlook; Globalisation, Technology and Sustainable Development; and Africa Book Series.
He published widely on how knowledge and technology transfer (TT) contribute to SD and competitiveness in the developing countries (DCs). My work “Technology Transfer in Sudan” (1997-2000) was the first detailed analysis of identifying an additional technological gap within DCs that hindering the effective and efficient TT within DCs. http://www.allamahmed.org/
Allam completed his Ph.D. in Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Development in two years at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He obtained his MSc/MBA from the Royal Agricultural College University, UK and awarded the RAC Scholarship and Prestigious Book Prize for Best MSc/MBA Dissertation. He is a Fellow and Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He is also the recipient of several international Awards and Medals for contribution to International scientific Research and listed in the WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, WHO’S WHO IN FINANCE and BUSINESS 2009/2010 and WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA 2012 published by Marquis Who’s Who, USA.
[quote]“We look forward to engaging the diaspora in promoting investments in Uganda,” Bernard Magulu. The UCU country representative in Uganda said. “This is the only viable option that has worked in other diaspora success stories like the Israel and India, harnessing its diasporas. We have to shift the paradigm from aid to trade.”[/quote]
The Uganda Investment Forum 2013 (UK Convention) is now the largest Ugandan forum in Europe and attracts more than 700 delegates designed to promote Uganda as a favoured investment destination in East Africa. The Expo offers participants – private individuals and companies large and small – the opportunity to access business and investment opportunities presented on the day by experts from Uganda and abroad.
Speakers will include
- Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Vice President, Republic of Uganda
- Rt Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament
- Lord Sheikh, House of Lords
- HE Professor Joyce Kikafunda, High Commissioner to the UK
- Mohan Kaul, Chairman Commonwealth Business Council
- Patrick Bitature – Chairman of Uganda Investment Board
- Mr. Elly Karuhanga, President of Tullow Uganda and Director of Tullow Uganda
- Ashish Thakkar, CEO and Founder Mara Group
- Eng. Dr. Frank B. Sebbowa, Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority
- Mr. Richard Kamajugo, commissioner for customs
- Amb Agnes Kadama Kalibbala, CEO NHCC
- Caleb Kakuyo Chief Commercial Officer NHCC
- Sebaggala M. Kigozi, Executive Director, Uganda Manufacturing Authority
UGANDAN UK CONVENTION
3rd Ugandan UK Trade and Investment Forum in London:
‘Ugandan UK Convention’ – Driving Economic Growth in Uganda
M: +447790 647 089 | Website: www.ugandanconventionuk.org
DATE: Saturday, 14 September 2013 | TIME: 10.30 – 18.30
VENUE: Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX London United Kingdom
Register FREE at http://3rdugandaukconvention.eventbrite.co.uk
To exhibit call 0044 7790 647 089
Bernard Robinson Magulu; FCCA, CPA
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