Amidst pomp and glamour, the Agribusiness Initiative (aBi) Trust recognized its outstanding partners at a sumptuous dinner at Sheraton Kampala hotel on Friday.
aBi Trust, which includes aBi Finance, is a donor-funded enterprise established in 2010 to support government and the private sector in creating competitive and viable agribusinesses in the country. But the awards dinner night provided a deserving platform as stakeholders, who included bankers, diplomats, policymakers, donors and farmers’ organisations, for once discarded the usual boardroom and farm-talk environment to mingle freely in the hotel’s Rwenzori ballroom.
Serenaded by live performance from Lillian Mbabazi and The Sundowners’ band, guests enjoyed the music, foods and drinks as they reflected on their works in the outgoing year. Speakers, who included Svend K Jenson, aBi group chief executive officer Dr Louis Kasekende, the Bank of Uganda deputy governor, who was the chief guest and Martin Bo Brander, deputy head of mission at Embassy of Denmark, ensured that their speeches were as short.
But former finance minister, Gerald Ssendaula, who is vice chairperson of aBi board of trustees, reminded guests of his lengthy budget speech days when he was handed the microphone to move a brief vote of thanks but instead made it a speech.
One of the known successful coffee farmers in the country, Ssendaula used the opportunity to divulge into the current dynamics of growing cash crops and made a passionate appeal for donor and government support in Uganda. He thanked guests for attending the awards dinner.
Centenary bank was the biggest winners of the night they scooped two awards for ‘Outstanding Investment in Agribusiness Financing’ and ‘Outstanding Reporting Efficiency’.
Equity Bank, Pride Microfinance Limited and Opportunity Uganda Limited won the ‘Best Utilisation of the Construction, Outstanding Contribution to Northern Uganda’ and ‘Outstanding Agribusiness Beneficiary Contribution’ awards respectively.
Source : The Observer