By Felix Oketcho
Women leaders have been urged to embrace East African integration initiatives to market Uganda goods there
Outgoing Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) chairperson Angella Baigaine says it’s the regional block where women voices can be hard to grow not only views but business transactions.
“I wish to urge new chairperson for Uganda women entrepreneurs association limited and entire board to advocate for women voices in East Africa integration. Uweal is member of federation of East Africa national business platform where decisions on cross border business can be harmonised, “Baigaine said.
She however cautioned the new Board against corruption and misusing the association properties to fail the organisation.
“We did our excellent work that was visible however as new board needs to be accountable and mobilise more resources and funding projects to ensure that projects in pipeline are implemented within the frame work time. This includes completion of the state of art incubation centre for women in Namanve industrial park that is projected to cost shs13bn,” Baigaine said.
She made the humble appeal to women while handing over office to the new board of directors in Kampala.
UWEAL is amember of Federation of National Association of Women in business in Eastern and Southern Africa (Femcon)
UWEAL new board chairperson Dr Barbara Ofwono Buyondo pledged to carry on the mantle to ensure accountability and mentorship of women in business.
“I pledge not to dusapoint women in realising uweal agenda especially they trust they put in me during elections. I pledge to continue mobilizing monitoring UWEAL funds so that they achieve its intended purpose,” Buyondo said.
“I also pledge to complete construction of sh13billion incubation Centre for uweal during my term of office,” Buyondo added.
Uweal was established in 1987 over 30 years ago by four visionary women in business as a membership based organization incorporated during that time when the idea of women in business was considered a taboo in Uganda.
They set out to change perception and set up in place platform to promote women in business Uganda and network with other women in business globally.
UWEAL has spearheaded the transformation of the landscape that gives women in business a voice to show case that women are as capable to start and run a businesses as much as men.
The association is currently firmly placed in the private sector to assist and provide the necessary support and guidance to women in business and to advocate for favorable policies through which women entrepreneurs can flourish