Stanbic Business Incubator and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide financial literacy support to startups and SMEs in the tourism sector to ensure development and sustainability of the businesses.
This partnership brings a unique platform for both entities to jointly develop and implement a series of financial literacy programmes on enterprise development and national content to produce competent, financially solid and skilled entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.
According to the MoU, the Stanbic Business Incubator will provide resources such as expert advisors, mentors, administrative support, office equipment and training for startups and SMEs in the tourism sector and contribute to the development and sustainability of their businesses.
Stanbic Business Incubator Executive Director Mr. Tony Okao Otoa said the incubator will mobilize the funds to facilitate incubation activities, for startups and SMEs on the tourism business incubation programmes.
“The Stanbic Business Incubator will provide an enabling environment for the development of ICT-based solutions for record keeping, business management and performance testing on tourism businesses for wider use and application by SMEs and actors in Tourism,” Otoa said. He added that the Incubator will organize and facilitate a joint learning, experience sharing and training sessions for startups, SMEs and incubates based on enterprise needs. The training shall be centered to technological innovation, enterprise and business development.
The UTB Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Lilly Ajarova, emphasized that the goal is to continuously develop and grow the tourism industry of Uganda.
“Part of this effort is dependent on our private sector, making it imperative that we at UTB create awareness for the available tools that can help in achieving our mutual objectives. We greatly look forward to the amazing things to come out of this partnership,” said Ajarova.
She explained that through the UTB and Stanbic Business Incubator partnership, collaborations will be formed that will go a long way in contributing to the development and sustainability of the businesses in the tourism sector through enterprise development, training and information dissemination.
“Given the current times and the immense impact on the Covid-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in Uganda and beyond, this relationship is well placed to help businesses in the sector create new and existing methods to collectively re-start and drive tourism forward,” she concludes.
She observed that the MoU is set to create a strong platform for cooperation and cross-cutting partnerships between entities in different sectors.