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Kampala, Wednesday, 22nd September 2021. Uganda Breweries Limited, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, and Private Sector Foundation of Uganda, have partnered with Kampala City Council Authority and the Ministry of Health to speed up COVID-19 vaccination and open up the economy.

The above entities said on Sept.22 that the drive will increase the number of vaccination points in the Kampala Metropolitan Area for more people to get access to the available vaccines.

Under the initiative, UBL, Coca-Cola and other private sector players will support the scaling up of COVID-19 mobile sites in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area by sensitizing and mobilising the public to go and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The selected bars that will be temporarily turned into COVID-19 vaccination sites include; The Alchemist Bar in Bugolobi, Kyadondo Rugby Club in Lugogo and Samitto Bar and Lounge in Naalya, according to Uganda Breweries Limited.  

This exercise will take place between September 23 and 29, 2021. The vaccination exercise is free of charge and all one needs is a national ID. 

Alchemist Bar for instance announced that everyone that vaccinates from the area will get a free cup of coffee. 

Dorothy Kisaka, the KCCA Executive Director encouraged even more private sector players to come on board to increase uptake of vaccines.

 “The rejuvenated COVID-19 vaccination drive by Uganda Breweries Limited and Century Bottling Company Limited will complement the already existing public health initiatives by the Ministry of Health and KCCAUG in response to the pandemic,” said Dorothy Kisaka, the Kampala Capital City Authority executive director. 

Simon Kaheru, the public affairs and communications director of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda called upon all closed businesses to take the vaccination exercise seriously. 

 

“Kampala has been most affected by the effects of COVID19 which included the lockdowns. Therefore, we call upon all Kampala people who do and come to do business, to get vaccinated.” Said Kathryn Lindoha-Musoke, Public Relations Manager, PSFU.

 

Uganda has so far received a total of 2,153,140 Astrazeneca vaccines, 300,000 Sinovac vaccines, 647,080 Moderna vaccines and most recently 1,674,274 Pfizer vaccines.  

Those that have been vaccinated so far are 1,777,685, according to health ministry statistics. 

September, 19th, 2021, Kampala. The Uganda oil and gas project has registered major decisive milestones in the year 2021 at both the Upstream and Midstream levels that open up multiple opportunities. One such key achievement is the conclusion of negotiations for the construction and operationalization of the cross-border crude oil export pipeline, (The East African Crude Oil Pipeline) which will run from Hoima in Uganda to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.

Whereas the EACOP is cross-boundary, only 20% of it shall be constructed on the Uganda side while the 80% shall be in Tanzania. Hence, there is need for service providers from both countries to establish partnerships that support them across borders. Luckily the Governments of both Uganda and Tanzania have put in place local content legal and regulatory frameworks aimed at promoting national participation in the projects and ultimately value retention within the region from mainly the construction phase in which an estimated $3.5billion will be invested.

To complement governments’ efforts, it is imperative that the private sector players in both countries are fully aware of the exact opportunities available and the specific project needs.

It is also important that entities forge working relations to not only help them increase their capacity but also comply with the legal provisions in the respective countries.

Against this background, the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) , The Private sector foundation Uganda (PSFU) and The Tanzania Oil and Gas service providers have spearheaded a regional private sector partnership that will be launched with the signing of a tripartite MOU amongst the three private sector umbrella bodies on Monday 20th September 2021 at 3:00pm at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

The purpose of the partnership is to further establish formal and informal relations between the private sector community of Tanzania and that of Uganda and the concerned government agencies such as ministries but not limited to the ministry of Energy and Mineral development.

This is also to allow other agencies, municipalities, local or otherwise, multinational donor organization and international NGO’s which have supported and support the Oil and Gas industry in Tanzania and Uganda for the purposes of meeting the same joint goals on national Content development, maximum in country value retention and fostering local joint ventures during the development phase of the cross border oil and gas projects.

The event that shall be a hybrid version with limited number of physical participation, will be graced by H.E Dr. Aziz Ponary Mlima The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda, the Ugandan High commissioner to Tanzania H.E Richard Kabonero, the Permanent Secretary of Uganda’s Ministry of energy and mineral development Ms. Irene Batebe and her Tanzanian counterpart , the Chairman of the Private sector foundation Uganda Hon. Dr Elly Karuhanga, The Chairman of the Uganda Chamber Of Mines and Petroleum Mr. Patrick Mweheire and the Founder and Chairman of the Association of the Tanzania Oil and Gas Service providers Hon Abdulsamad Abdulrahim.

All members of the three private sector bodies are invited and encouraged to attend this event to witness the regional joint efforts in ensuring utmost benefit from the cross border oil and gas projects

September 1, 2020, Namanve, Mukono – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda today urged the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) to work harder with stakeholders like the government to create more favourable trading conditions in Uganda.
 
During a courtesy call at the Century Bottling Plant in Namanve today, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda General Manager, Melkamu Abebe, thanked the PSFU leadership, led by Ag. Executive Director Francis Kisirinya, for always spearheading private sector issues.
 
“We thank you for the hard work you are doing to ensure that our issues are not ignored. What our industry needs more now is for you to push for a much better tax regime and more favourable trading conditions. The budget announced in July was not encouraging to business. Businesses like ours keep going on because we believe in this country, but now it’s time for the government to reciprocate,” Abebe said.
 
PSFU Ag. Executive Director Francis Kisirinya thanked Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for the being a supportive and participating member.
 
“As a company you are at the forefront of development in Uganda and you are always engaging when we go out to address private sector issues. We want to assure you that you have the full support of PSFU and that we will continue to direct your concerns to the right places. Indeed, the government should appreciate that without the economy running well there is no way on delivering on social transformation,” he said.
 

Kampala, Tuesday, 31st August 2021 - Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) commends Government’s efforts in addressing the concerns of traders revolving around the taxation on textiles and garments. Under the new policy, the tax rates of textiles were increased to 35 per cent as import duty from 25 per cent, and to $3.5 per kilo on the imported textiles.  

PSFU as the apex body of the private sector representing its members who include KACITA, Uganda Tailors Association, among others has held several engagements in a bid to resolve the concerns around the new tax policy. 

The Government of Uganda has positively responded, engaged with our members, and agreed to drop the taxation using the 3.5 dollars per kg and 3 dollars per kgs on garments and fabrics respectively on 90% of all imported textiles and garments. This is good progress, and we commend Government for their efforts in engaging with the private sector continuously to resolve the concerns of traders. Government has also released a list of items which comprises the 10% on which the new tax policy will be administered. The list is being reviewed by PSFU accordingly. 

“We are committed to support the traders in finding a common ground on the concerns raised. Therefore, we appeal to the traders to halt the planned peaceful demonstration to allow continued engagements to happen amicably.” Said Francis Kisirinya, Ag. Executive Director, PSFU. 

PSFU is committed to engaging with Government to ensure that an amicable & sustainable solution is achieved. Government has requested for a week to conclude and resolve this matter. 

Therefore, PSFU calls upon affected traders to suspend the planned demonstration to give a chance for negotiations to continue as the means to reach an amicable solution.

 

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PSFU engagement with Uganda Revenue Authority

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August 20, 2021Kampala- Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), engaged with Uganda Revenue Authority to discuss strategies, interventions and proposals how to widen the tax base. 

The business community recognizes that taxes are a vital form of Government revenue to enable it provides services and amenities that stimulate growth of the economy. The private sector is the biggest source of this Tax revenue; however, high tax rates limit enterprise growth.

COVID 19 has negatively impacted the business community with reduction in domestic consumption (BTI study June 2021), 67% of the MSMEs reporting decline in incomes and more than 1.1 million employees are reported to have lost jobs. Government has also been hit by increased public pressures, tax revenue deficits and rising debt levels. As a result, illicit trade is recorded to be on a high of 62% and 25% for beer and cigarettes respectively. This worsens the motive of formalization of the economy, instilling more pressure to our Tax to GDP ratio.

PSFU has developed the following cross-cutting areas which we believe and have studied as key guiding principles which if we implored can be used to increase the tax base, while supporting companies to survive COVID 19.

"Going forward, URA will have many engagements like this where we listen more and talk less. Listening has paid off. 365billion was collected last year from engaging taxpayers in discussions and negotiations, without going to court." Said Mr. John Musinguzi, Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority.

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