Friday, September 15th, 2017
Private Sector Development Award is an annual initiative of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, an apex body for the Private Sector in Uganda.
The initiative was started over 7 years ago to recognize companies, business associations, entrepreneurs and business groups such as cooperatives
for their outstanding contribution to the growth of the private sector in Uganda.
On September 14, 2017 at Royal Suites Bugolobi, seven (7) award categories were recognized/ appreciated and they included:
1. Business Association/Network of the year
2. Rural Excellence Award
3. SME Innovation Champion
4. SME Women Champion
5. CSR Community Development
6. Business Champions for Children
7. Government Agency of the year
In the Government Agency of the Year category, nine Ministries, Departments and Agencies were nominated and voted for by Ugandans. Some of the
government bodies nominated included Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority,
Kampala Capital City Authority, National Environment Management Authority, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration and Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) among others.
The criteria for emerging winner in this category is based on a Government agency that has supported the private sector/business growth and development in the country.
An agency will have improved its efficiency and service delivery, developed new innovative products that respond to the needs of the private sector and
whose performance has impacted the private sector.
URSB emerged the 2016 Government Agency of the year followed by URA and KCCA.
In his key note address, the Executive Director PSFU Mr Gideon Badagawa, noted that “URSB has steadily improved its services and responded to the needs of the private sector”.
He further appreciated the reforms and presented the agency as one of the key implementers in the doing of business reforms in the Country.
The Registrar General Mr. Bemanya Twebaze in his acceptance speech thanked the private sector for recognizing URSB’s effort in serving the public through its various services.
He however noted that it was not surprising that the three agencies working together under the Tax payer Registration Expansion Project (URSB, KCCA and URA)
had emerged winners in this category.
The support and need to learn from each other was very important for growth of government institutions. “Working together under TREP had enabled all players emerge victorious” he said, pledging to continue improving URSB’s services and to always listen to the private sector whenever they make suggestions about service delivery.
Mr Bemanya specifically thanked the ED PSFU for always pointing out and making proposals to URSB for what works well for the private sector
hence enabling URSB progressively improve. He promised to keep improving on timelines and soon conduct registration services instantly online.
Currently registration of a business/company is done in under 4hours, from the previous three weeks in 2015.
URSB appreciates the private sector for having identified it as a key player in private sector development and will strive to provide even better services going forward.
The Government of the Year Award category was introduced In 2015, to recognize a government agency that supports the private sector/business growth in the country.
The inaugural recognition was given to UNBS. UIA emerged as first runner up and URSB as second runner up.
The colorful event officiated at by the Hon Minister of State for Trade Hon Micheal Werikhe was attended by different accounting officers,
representatives of MDAs and private sector members and players.
The Minister recognized and identified with URSB’s reform journey because such reforms create an enabling business environment.
He also thanked PSFU and asked that they consider increasing the number of Government agencies that participate in the awards.