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The fourth edition of Women in Business Awards will recognize and award the efforts of outstanding women in Uganda, under the theme “Women in Business: Using Technology to manage their businesses.”

MTN today announced the launch of the 2016 edition of MTN Women in Business (WiB), a series of events through which MTN recognises and celebrates outstanding female business leaders. The MTN WiB awards to be held on Friday March 18th, 2016 will be preceded by a panel discussion under the highlighted theme which will feature prominent business leaders including TradeMark EastAfrica’s Allen Asiimwe, Google Uganda’s Susan Kitariko to mention but a few

Over the years, MTN Uganda has been at the forefront of supporting Business communities in Uganda through its extensive Enterprise business offering as well as the MTN Business training programs for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

“MTN Uganda has created a platform for women who desire to support the drive for women empowerment by reaching out and collaborate with other women who are passionate about driving positive change in communities throughout Uganda.”

The initiative has helped equip business owners with the relevant ICT tools and expertise to not only start up new business ventures but to also grow and enhance their current business to ensure optimum output, increased efficiency and improved profitability. This program has over the last three years extended to Women in Business (WiB) in particular, in an effort to accelerate the role of women in driving enterprise development and job creation.

Ladies being assisted by MTN Customer Care agents
Ladies being assisted by MTN Customer Care agents

“The MTN Women in Business Awards recognize and celebrate the spirit of excellence that is demonstrated by those outstanding women that have harnessed technology/ICT and  talent to grow their businesses and consequently have stood out as drivers of positive change in our communities,” said MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe. “MTN Uganda has created a platform for women who desire to support the drive for women empowerment by reaching out and collaborate with other women who are passionate about driving positive change in communities throughout Uganda. I am personally delighted to take part in the now annual property that continues to transform society,” she added.

The Awards winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will fall under three main categories of Excellence in ICT Award, Excellence in Financial Services Award and the CEO of the Year Award. Additionally, there will be be a Customer’s Choice Award category, which has been set up to encourage participation by MTN’s customers.

MTN Uganda will also host a full-day business EXPO at Kampala Serena Hotel where its leading female strategic partners and business associates will showcase their brands, products and services to visitors attending the business expo. The Expo will feature all innovative SME solutions and business-support services offered by MTN Business.