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MTN Uganda has on Thursday unveiled the different categories for the competition in the 2017 edition of the Women in Business Awards.

The awards which are organized on an annual basis are meant to celebrate achievements of Ugandan women entrepreneurs who against all odds continue to excel in the challenging field of business.

The awards are also part of MTN’s move to join the rest of the world to celebrate women in the month of March.

For the last 4 years MTN Uganda has hosted 400 women to a dinner and combined it with a themed special Women’s Day Panel Discussion.

The themes have varied each year depending on the hot topics and recommendations from previous events.

This year, the awards are being run under the theme “Survival of the fittest; Partnering for success” with major focus on what it takes for a woman to succeed.

Women will compete in the categories of; Business Excellence in ICT, Excellence in Financial Services, Survivor of the Year and CEO Of The Year. The 2nd runner, 1st runner up in the eventual category winners will also be recognized with an award and prizes to be announced on the awards night.

According to MTN officials, the Survivor of the Year Award will be presented to a female owned business that has shown resilience in the face of tough economic times that the country and the business community, in particular, have endured in recent times.

MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte (3rd Right) and MTN CMO Mapula Bodibe (extreme left) pose for a group photo with some of the winners of 2016 MTN Women in Business awards..

The winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges who are industry captains in their respective fields of business and an awards gala will be held on March 17th 2017.

Among the various judges that will take part in the process include; Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the President Business Professional Women, Mrs. Jennifer Mwijukye, the Managing Director Unifreight Group, Dr. Merian Sebunya – Board Member; Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and East African Business Council, Mrs, Rita Balaka, Head of Compliance at Stanbic Bank and  Mrs. Sophia Mukasa, Senior Manager Enterprise for MTN Business.