Entrepreneurs under the Uganda Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) last week met with the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, to discuss a possible partnership with the government of Uganda in a bid to promote youth empowerment through entrepreneurship.
The TEF beneficiaries in Uganda who recently formed a SACCO to enable access to funding to grow their businesses presented their need for government support to promote a generation of job creators in the youth.
Rugunda pledged to offer all possible support to the TEF beneficiaries in Uganda through financial engagements, to grow their start-up businesses beyond the boundaries of the country.
Speaking at the meeting, Johnson Agoreyo – CEO and Managing Director of UBA Uganda said that the bank will continue to support the TEF fund beneficiaries through trainings directly focused on needs of entrepreneurs in Uganda.
Rugunda expressed his gratitude to the Tony Elumelu Foundation and UBA for the support offered to the Ugandan entrepreneurs.
He thanked the entrepreneurs for being organised and forming a Sacco.
He also informed the young entrepreneurs that the government already has institutions in place to resolve some of their problems – such as the Microfinance Center.
The TEF beneficiaries in Uganda have grown to 600, coming second after Nigeria.
The entrepreneurs are selected from 54 African countries, after submitting an online application and are presented with seed capital, access to mentors and a 12-week business training programme on enrolment.