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Diaspora Events | Uganda Canadian Business Expo Highlights, Toronto, October 2021 – Day One

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Posted October 27, 2021 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Uganda Canadian Business Expo ~ 1,234 views

     


Day One — On October 9th and 10th 2021 Ugandan community in Canada celebrated the 4th annual Uganda Canada Convention at the Downtown Toronto Courtyard Marriott. The event started off with a Business breakfast meeting that featured speeches by – Uganda’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Amb. Joy Ruth Achieng, also present was Uganda’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Margaret Kyogire, representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and NIRA led by the Principal Immigration Officer and the Head of the Citizenship Division – Ms Deborah Amanya who was attending at the invitation of the convention organizers following the e-visa travel changes for Canadian and US Passport holders and National ID requirements for diaspora account holders to access their accounts in Uganda

In her remarks Ambassador Achieng praised the event and mentioned that a road show was under way to register Ugandans in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. She reiterated that the embassy was there to serve all Ugandans and also to help them obtain the necessary paperwork and compliance in their adopted countries of residence. She was perplexed why Ugandans in some parts of Canada had continued to undermine events that brought services closer to the people.

It is now a requirement to obtain e-visas before you travel to Uganda, One needs a National ID to transact business in Uganda. But instead of educating their communities some leaders had resorted to de-campaign and politicize initiatives that could help others. She was quick to remind her audience that she was a UPC member that chose to work with government to better her community.

In her remarks the Principal Immigration officer and Head of the citizenship Division, Ms. Deborah Amanya who represented the directorate of Citizenship and Immigration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs noted the the citizenship registration process has now been digitized and all registration processes were now online including Passport renewals, Dual Citizenship applications and Birth Certificates could now be processed on their website. She also encouraged those who wished to obtain National IDs to start gathering their necessary documentation to allow for easy processing when the team arrives in Canada for their Immigration road show sometime in November.

The Uganda Embassy Immigration Attache in Ottawa, Ms. Gloria Butera informed Ugandans that the embassy staff were also there to provide support services to stranded Ugandans including helping to fast-track documentation to help repatriate the deceased community members. She was glad to report on the embassy efforts during the chartered flights to Uganda did help return several stranded students and community members back to Uganda during the first wave of the pandemic.

Due to government travel restrictions, other speakers from the embassy included Ms. Helen Kasozi who addressed opportunities at Uganda Investment Authority like the ease of doing business in Uganda while other topics Tourism and how Uganda is still welcoming visitors and offering special discounts to visit Uganda’s National Parks and go gorilla tracking.

Mr. Corey Myckan, the Country Manager – World Remit Canada on his part announced that as part of the waiver to celebrate Uganda’s 59th Independence day celebrations, World Remit was removing all fees to send money to Uganda till November. He also informed his audience that World Remit now offers services to send money to more than 130 countries in over 70 currencies across the globe.

He shared the company vision of World Remit’s continued expansion including the acquisition of Sendwave at $500 million dollars, another popular app with Ugandans abroad. He offered some clarity that Sendwave is now part of the WorldRemit Group. What this means for you as a WorldRemit user is simple: nothing has changed. We’re still the same WorldRemit with a mission of making sending money as easy and affordable as sending a text. You’ll continue to be able to send securely, rapidly, and affordably to your loved ones as you always have!

He added that their services were now integrated with local banks like Post and Centenary Banks Uganda and money could be wired directly on bank accounts at the press of a button. He then informed his audience that the pandemic had allowed World Remit to grow as more people were sending money online due to restricted movement.

In her remarks Ms. Florence Nsenga, the Relationship Manager – Diaspora Banking at Post Bank shared the journey bank as the pioneer of diaspora banking in Uganda with now a solid portfolio of more than 50,000 accounts. She encouraged Uganda Canadian community members to take advantage of the direct business loans, mortgage and property loans and utility payment systems the bank offers through their nationwide branches.

Bryan Plummer – A Canadian Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Fin-tech – Signalytic Boston, USA with projects in Mbale, Uganda also spoke about the work they do especially in the healthcare space as they try to transform the healthcare system in Uganda.

Dr. James Lutaaya – Managing Partner at Migrate to Canada Group spoke about the opportunities that await for those looking to move to Canada. He was able to offer a summarized approach to the path to Citizenship for those looking to Migrate and start a new life in Canada. As a virgin territory with one of the most powerful passports in the World Dr. Lutaaya shared the value of Canadian education, healthcare and job security.

In his remarks Mr. Moses A. Mawa, the Founder, President and CEO of Silvertrust Media, the Afro-global Television channel and the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation, which undertakes the Transformation Awards in Canada also talked about the philanthropic campaign to help send medical assistance to Uganda that has realized more than $40,000 dollars in the Oxygen concentrators for the badly affected hospitals and intensive care units with a shortage of Oxygen.

He was able to report that a consignment of over 40 Oxygen Concentrators was now at the Ethiopian Airlines Cargo holding section en-route to Entebbe and would be delivered to the Ministry of Health early November. Mr. Mawa also talked about Silvertrust media’s syndicated black television programming that is carried on the Rogers Cable network across Canada.

The Keynote address at the Business Breakfast this year was delivered by Ms. Susan Namulindwa, a Namagunga old girl, the Founder and Executive Director of Africa Trade Desk and also the Vice President, Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Board Chair of the Afro Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In her delivery Susan focused on opportunities that exist in Canada for doing big business and how Uganda can tap into Canada’s many sectors. She also asked her audience to reflect on the meaning of Uganda’s 59th Independence if we were indeed better off today than we were in 1962 on October 9th in terms of service delivery and business opportunity.

Breakfast ended with a Q&A that featured community leaders like Rev. Eddy Jumba, senior Pastor at Dominion Church International-Toronto and other business attendees from Uganda that included Fakruddhin Property Group, Mr. Balam Barugahare – of Balam Promotions and Mr. Robert Lubega Chief Executive of a new property development company in KIGO, near Entebbe.

The Broadcast was carried LIVE on BBS Television in Uganda and Online via Diaspora Television. A Special thank-you to World Remit, Social Entrepreneur Ambrose Akanyihayo – a budding event Mcee who ably stood in for Mr. Solomon Serwanjja who was not able to make it due to covid related restrictions. To our Co-Chairs Jeff Kizito and Justus Mirembe and the Uganda High Commission Ottawa the support and goodwill contributed to the success of the event. Extra kudoz to our Audio Visual team led by Sound engineer James Kalungi, videographer Allan Watson and the Event Planner – Ronnie Mayanja

Following the reviews from Ottawa, Montreal and feedback from the followers online, the organizers of the convention will be moving to Ottawa to engage Canadian Federal Government representatives and do a bigger B2B Uganda Open for Business Investment Summit in the Canadian Capital in July next year during the Canada Day Weekend. 

Other planned highlights will include Afrigo Band’s maiden visit to Canada in the summer of 2022. For details regarding the 5th annual Uganda Canada Business Expo & Convention – R.S.V.P our Uganda Coodinator @Whatsapp + 256.700.769683 or visit Post Bank Head Office, Summit Banking, Nkrumah Road for those in Uganda or visit us Online at – www.ugandacanadaconvention.com or via email – ugcanadianconvention@gmail.com


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