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Pakasa Forum Advises Mak Students on Self-Employment

L-R: Vision Group's CEO-Mr. Robert Kabushenga and Head of Marketing and Communication-Ms. Susan Nsibirwa chat with Chairperson of the Uganda Manufacturers Association-Ms Barbara Mulwana after the 9th Pakasa Forum on 11th October 2018, CoBAMS Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Chief Executive Officer of Nice House of Plastics and Chairperson of Uganda Manufacturer Association, Ms Barbara Mulwana, has advised university students to engage in innovative ways of job creation.  This was during the 9th Pakasa Forum held on Thursday 11th October 2018; to give young entrepreneurs skills on how to start business and survive in a competitive business environment. Organized under the theme Unlocking Students’ Potential, the 9th PAKASA Forum was hosted by the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University and Vision Group Ltd.

Speaking to thousands of students in the CoBAMS Auditorium, Ms. Barbara Mulwana who was the keynote speaker of the day said that young people should believe in starting small, with the available financial means and lay strategies for purposes of growth in business. According to Ms. Mulwana, innovation is key in running a successful enterprise. She therefore urged students to always think outside the box and be innovative so as to be job creators.

Part of the audience consisting of Staff and Students that packed the CoBAMS Auditorium for the 9th Pakasa Forum, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“Have values for your business, remember that success takes time and there is no short cut. Part of what makes entrepreneurs fail both in the short and long run is thinking that they always have to venture into something that has been explored by several other entrepreneurs who have actually secured the biggest share of the market,” she stated.

The Deputy Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Lt. Gen. Charles Angina encouraged students to explore the virgin sector of Agricultural Tourism and tap into the opportunities of branding and packaging agricultural products. He also noted that students need to be organised into dynamic, loyal, visionary groups ready to give accountability in order to secure government funds for their projects.

Lt. Gen. Charles Angina addresses participants at the 9th Pakasa Forum

“Stop despising Agri-businesses because agriculture is one of the key drivers of Uganda’s economy and a lucrative venture,” he added.

The Chief Executive Officer, Vision Group Mr. Robert Kabushenga, urged students to embrace the business world and prepare themselves of the future where more technology than human labour will be required to do work. He appealed to students to be open-minded, think creatively, have empathy and be innovative.

Vision Group CEO-Mr. Robert Kabushenga urged the 9th Pakasa Forum Audience to think of the impact of technology on future business

The Principal CoBAMS, Dr. Eria Hisali appreciated the idea of engaging students in business and entrepreneurship talks, saying that said that such initiatives link students to successful entrepreneurs who can uplift their potential.

He thanked Vision Group and other partners for the support they offered to organize the Pakasa Forum and called for continued support to all Makerere University’s activities.

The Principal CoBAMS-Dr. Eria Hisali commended Vision Group for choosing Mak to host the 9th Pakasa Forum

The Pakasa Forum Panelists also included:

  1. Ms. Grace Nalugwa, the Co-founder of St. Lawrence Infant school Kagoma and winner of the 2016 Pakasa Entrepreneurship awards. She is a founding member and General Secretary of Nurture Entrepreneurship Uganda an umbrella body for all Pakasa Awardees.
  2. Ms. Namara Ruth pursing a Bachelors in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship at Makerere University. Ms. Namara works in a family owned bakery, which she has been a part of since she was 15 years old. She started her own micro business known as Friends Confectionery which she has since expanded through social media marketing. She has been able to pay her hostel fees and provide school requirements for her siblings through this micro business.
  3. Mr. Ezra Kirigwajjo, pursuing a Bachelor in Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship at Makerere University. He is a jack of all trades and has been able to use his experience from a family owned butchery to start up several micro businesses. The businesses of employ 4 staff members and range from a poultry farm with over 1000 birds, a gaming center, a video library to a restaurant.

L-R: 9th Pakasa Forum Panelists and Entrepreneurs Ms. Grace Nalugwa, Ms. Namara Ruth, Mr. Ezra Kirigwajjo

The 9th Pakasa Forum will be crowned by the 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Students Expo at the Makerere University Freedom Square on Friday, 12th October 2018. The Expo will enhance students’ learning and application of knowledge. Over 1,500 university students are expected to showcase innovative ideas grouped under 200 businesses.

Article by: Rachael Kanyi and Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Communication Volunteers-Mak Public Relations Office

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