Chairman’s Message

KACITA-Uganda celebrates all the years’ of existence, on the behalf of the board of directors and business community as all, I congratulate you all closing the year with a lot of successfully. KACITA Uganda has come a long way in advocating for the rights of the Business Community in Uganda and beyond boarders basing on a sundry of strategies to support trader’s existence.
KACITA Uganda has witnessed a number of developments within the year including several partnership with DTB on establishing the ‘KACITA Community estate, Partnership with UNICAF University and other instructions in providing quality and affordable education both local and Globally through providing Bursaries and scholarships especially to the less privileged students, we have ably offered free business consultancy to most of our traders in various spheres, carrying out Corporate Social responsibility in various parts of the country and others initiatives.

The board members of KACITA extend our appreciation to Our Development partners who have stood with us to support our struggles in various ways over the past two decades and continue to pledge support.

KACITA’S KEY MILISTONES

KACITA-Uganda has worked tirelessly with its key stakeholders to achieve positive living, learning and working outcomes for its business community through different Initiatives /projects.
As you may all recall, the theme of Government National Development Plan II is, “Strengthening Uganda’s Competitiveness for Sustainable Wealth Creation, inclusive Growth
and Employment”. It is against this background that KACITA came up with projects like Agro- Business, cottage and production Unit, KACITA Women entrepreneur’s league, Youth entrepreneur’s league, and all intended to guide the business community and as an important vehicle for knowledge exchange, technology and innovation development, research and investment transfer to significantly contribution to sustainable and efficient value addition production.

We have also partnered with Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited to ease traders’ ability to source for goods from Asian markets as well as pay the stipulated taxes on the imported items but progressively shift from importation to now industrialization manufacturing our own products. Under this arrangement, we expect to improve tax compliance, but the bigger aim is to help transform Uganda’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The partnership will also provide some relief to traders as a result of disruptions in the global supply routes and their ability to source for goods and special trade accounts will be created at various branches of Stanbic Bank to cater for the traders’ requirements and at lower transaction charges as well as providing tax loans to qualifying customers in line with its lending criteria. Under this arrangement, already existing bank customers recommended by KACITA will qualify for unsecured loans not exceeding Shs 200 million.

KACITA also partnered with DTB Bank; According to Dr. Thadeus Musoke, Chairman, 65% of the businesses are run by women, and these women-led businesses have proven to be the most resilient over the years. Traders in Uganda have faced gross post COVID 19 effects leaving many traders under distress. “We are glad that DTB is identifying us a partner and a focus on women traders is very important. We are sure that women businesses if well supported will multiple and be very pivotal in national growth,” says Mr. Thadeus Musoke. The partnership aims at empowering traders and communities where operates with appropriate financial and banking services. The partnership also brings to attention Women in Business and youth who will receive preferential treatment and offers on banking services. “Many times our key business players don’t receive the right support for the growth and sustainability of their businesses. Key among these players are women and youth. Under this partnership we shall tailor our offering to answer needs of their businesses.” Says Mr. Varghese Thambi, the DTB Uganda CEO. DTB is committing to facilitating best business, management and financial practices through trainings in addition to offering preferential product offers to traders. In the space of sustainability DTB will introduce the concept of ESG (Environment, Sustainability and Governance) to the business community. Stakeholders under KACITA Uganda and DTB will drive discussions on energy efficiency, reduction of carbon emissions and other areas of sustainable development as highlighted by the UN Social Development Goals. At the same development DTB announced support to KACITA – Uganda members by offering support to the establishment of the KACITA Village. Under the arrangement DTB will work with property developers to provide land for the KACITA Village. Members of KACITA will be financed by DTB to acquire land on the KACITA Village estate.

ENHANCEMENT.

Leveraging the use of technology. KACITA Uganda has now embraced the use technology to enhance and tap into the new emerging digital mode of doing business. Inevitably, Traders may not need to go through the hectic travel processes coupled with different challenges instead adopted to online trading. Communication, marketing and advertisement of Products have been eased and KACITA introduced different digital platforms to business community to leverage the advantage. Other traditional platforms like KACITA magazine ‘’the traders voice’’ are also up and running to offer a buffet of options to business community. These platforms also provide an opportunity through which to give capacity building to our traders.

Social cooperate responsibility. Under this project, we collaborate with different stakeholders to advance a particular cause. We participate in Bulungi Bw’ansi to promote
good health and other related issues. Not to forget KACITA Bursary & Scholarships. KACITA- Uganda in conjunction with leading schools from Primary, Secondary and University levels is giving Bursaries and Scholarships as well as Scholastic materials. KACITA Uganda will continue enhancing development opportunities to help business community to diversify and catch up with the competitiveness in this technology/Digital error.

FORGING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS.

KACITA Uganda wouldn’t have succeeded without the support of our partners and we will be able to scale new heights and achieve better outcomes for business community with your continued support. Through the support of government and other development partners will garner resources needed to provide a holistic information for our business community. As KACITA, we promote meaningful and principled engagements with government and other stakeholders in policy formulation that are geared towards achieving a common goal of building people economy.

CONCLUSION.
The growth of KACITA and its members mirrors the progressive improvement of our economy / GDP that have been made in Uganda in the past years. As the Chairman of KACITA- Uganda, I’m picking from where my predecessor the fallen Mr. Everest Kayondo left KACITA in building up strong momentum to enhance desires of the business community. I and the current board pledge to sustain this momentum and strengthen partnerships with stakeholder. It’s on this note that I wish to specifically express my sincere gratitude to my predecessor who unfortunately succumbed to the Deadly COIVID Pandemic that deprived him to be part of this notable event but it’s good that on his legacy we stand today and his immense contribution to the business community will forever be our impetus to stand firm on the primary core values
of KACITA.

To Board members and the business community of different sectorial committees, Your Dedication towards the struggle and through your visionary foresight and by working in
close partnership with all different stakeholders, KACITA has achieved significant growth over the years and many key milestones.

In conclusion, I wish to extend heartiest congratulations and best wishes to KACITA Board members, staff, business community and our stakeholders on your 2oth Anniversary. Your journey is one of love and perseverance one that is traders centric which has transformed and widened Uganda’s tax base. I am very confident that in years to come, KACITA will continue to push the boundaries to stay ahead of the curve to support the business community in growing our economy. Our journey ahead continues to be one of exciting possibilities.
I wish KACITA family many more fruitful and successful years ahead.

Dr. THADEUS MUSOKE
NAGENDA.
Chairman
KACITA-UGANDA

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