ISSUE 59 | DECEMBER 2023

AN OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE FEDERATION OF UGANDA EMPLOYERS

FUENEWS

THE VOICE OF EMPLOYERS

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear Esteemed Member,

Welcome to the end of 2023. We are glad to have traversed this year with you as an integral part of the Federation.

Annual Summary

Throughout 2023, FUE events and programs have run smoothly due to your active participation. We convened the 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) Launch, the 12th

Annual Women Leadership Conference (AWLC), the FUE-CEO Breakfast Meeting, the Tech@Work Launch and several consultative meetings with Employers, tripartite partners and business leaders. These events have been a platform for learning, sharing experiences and networking to advance organisation growth. On the policy front, we represented Employers on the delegation that attended the International Labour Conference (ILC) convened annually in Geneva for members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in addition to participating in several external meetings at local, regional and international level to advance our lobbying and advocacy agenda. The 20th and 21st Cohorts of the Female Future Leadership Program (FFP) were successfully conducted graduating over 45 ladies that have been equipped with practical leadership skills to thrive in various sectors of the economy.

In a bid to enhance employer competitiveness, the Federation secured strategic partnerships with significant organisations in the labour market. These include the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM), BrighterMonday Uganda (BMU), Safeboda Uganda, AVSI, CoachCogei, the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) and the Danish Industry (DI) among others. These collaborations are aimed to promote digital skills training, facilitate skills development, ease the recruitment process, provide convenient transport services and boost job creation in the world of work. We additionally partnered with the ILO to develop the FUE Business Agenda (2023-2025) and Trueworth Documents to address pertinent issues in the world of work for a conducive business environment.

As a member-based organisation, we commend all FUE members for remitting their 2023 membership subscription. We were able to onboard over 28 Employers into our membership community including large corporations, multi-national organisations, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and look forward to a beneficial working relationship with each of them to enhance business growth. Our courtesy visits to numerous members located all over the country to build rapport, conduct capacity building sessions, appreciate the work and services offered that are vital for sustainable development through the year.

It has been a truly rewarding experience serving you this year. Special thanks to each of you for entrusting us with the extraordinary responsibility to propel your organisations to great heights.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2024!

Thank you,
Together for Employers.

Douglas Opio

Executive Director.

CONTENTS

1

FUE AWARDED GENDER EQUALITY SEAL

The World Economic Forum 2022 Gender Gap Index Report ranked Uganda 61st out of 146 rated countries in gender equality and 11th in Sub-Saharan Africa. These statistics are a clear indication that there are efforts towards gender equality but there is need to invest more to achieve gender parity.

On Friday 8th December, FUE received the Silver Gender Equality Seal Award in recognition of efforts towards gender equality. The award was given after completing the external audit assessment under the Gender Equality Seal Certification Program conducted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD).

Our Executive Director, Mr. Douglas Opio received the prestigious award on behalf of the Employers’ fraternity from Ms. Elsie G. Attafuah, the UNDP Resident Representative of Uganda and Hon. Betty Amongi Akena, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD). Mr. Opio believes gender equality at the workplace enhances productivity, promotes employee retention and boosts organisational growth. He urged Employers to invest in business strategies that integrate gender equality in daily work operations.

As the Employers’ fraternity, we commend all organisations deliberately contributing to SDG 5 through women empowerment programs and equal opportunities to advance sustainable development. We are available to partner with Employers to support them achieve diversity and inclusion.

FUE AND AVSI LAUNCH AGRI-BUSINESS JOB FAIRS

In financial year 2022/23, agriculture accounted for 24% of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 35% of export earnings. FUE in partnership with AVSI Foundation Uganda partnered to launch, ‘Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future in Agribusiness Job Fair’. This project aims to connect profiled youth with job opportunities in the growing agribusiness sector. Participants included agribusiness employers, job seekers and government agencies.

Mr. Douglas Opio, our Executive Director and the Country Director, AVSI believe agribusiness is a critical sector of Uganda’s economy and believe this project will play a vital role in connecting youth with the opportunities they need to succeed in this field. They also pointed out their commitment to empower youth with skills, resources and knowledge to improve their livelihoods and eliminate unemployment.

During the job fairs, participants had the opportunity to network with various employers, received training required for success in agri-business, access to career guidance sessions and attended workshops on sustainable agri-business practices.

Agriculture is the main occupation for most Uganda families. Its important to skill the population to ensure mass production, export promotion, value-addition to agricultural products and investment in commercial agriculture to advance economic growth.

THE FEMALE FUTURE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BREAKFAST MEETING

On Tuesday 5th December 2023, the Female Future Alumni Association Uganda (FFAU) convened a breakfast meeting themed, ‘Insights on Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Propel Growth of Women and Girls in Career and Business’ at Four Points Hotel Sheraton. The meeting participants were alumni of the Female Future Program (FFP). The Guest Speakers were Ms. Eve Aradura, the Senior Manager Client Relations and IT Delivery, MTN Uganda and Ms. Primera Muthoni, Team Leader Analytics Business Centre.

FFAU is a group of women leaders that have successfully completed the FFP Course. FFP is a nine-month leadership development training for women in leadership and aspiring female leaders. The Alumni association is an avenue for continuous learning, mentorship and networking.

At the meeting, the newly elected FFAU Board was inaugurated and commissioned into service. The board comprises of women leaders from various sectors of the economy to represent all views.

We believe initiatives such as the FFAU are significant for developing leadership capacity, enhancing productivity and providing support for members.

To be an FFAU member, one has to complete the FFP. Sign up today for the FFP 2024 intake. Contact info@fuemployers.org | 0392 777 410 for more information.

THE GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM 2023

In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed the Global Compact on Refugees after extensive consultations with member states, international organisations, refugees, civil society, the private sector and experts. The Global Compact is a framework for more predictable and equitable responsibility for a sustainable solution to refugee situations that can’t be achieved without international cooperation.

The Refugee Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees organised every four years. Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio represented Employers on the Ugandan delegation at the Refugee Forum 2023 in Geneva from 13th to 15th December.

Hon. Esther Anyakun, the State Minister for Refugees in Uganda was the head of the team. The 2023 Forum was co-convened by five states i.e. Uganda, Colombia, France, Japan and Jordan.

FUE is keen on ensuring key stakeholders invest in refugee hosting communities, refugees access gainful employment through skills development and workers receive PAS certificates under the ILO Partnerships for Improving Prospects for Forcibly Displaced Persons and Host Communities (PROSPECTS) project. We also identify, rank and recognise outstanding Employers that are hiring refugees in their organisations in the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA).

At the forum, refugee led organisations were present to share their appreciation for Uganda’s whole of society approach and partnerships on refugee self-reliance, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence.

It’s important to note that Uganda hosts the highest number of refugees in Africa hence the need to enhance decent work. We call upon Employers to recruit refugees to have a diverse workforce with various skills as well as increase productivity in the organisation to advance economic growth.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Since 1992, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been observed annually as a day to mark progress on disability rights as well as to highlight barriers still preventing full participation. On 3rd December 2023, the IDPD was commemorated under the theme, ‘The Role of Innovation in Disability Inclusion’ in Mbarara district. Participants included Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), government officials and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) among others. Hon. Betty Amongi Akena, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development was the Guest of Honor.

FUE is the secretariat of the Uganda Business and Disability Network (UBDN), a network led by Employers to promote disability inclusion at the workplace. The UBDN has advocated for disability inclusive workplaces through disability awareness trainings, accessibility audits, sensitisations, partnerships with organisations such as Light for the World and National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU). The achievements of UBDN include joint lobbying and advocacy, increased level of disability awareness, recognizing businesses with good practices and easing recruitment of PwDs.

During the IDPD 2023, the National Disability Planning Policy was officially launched by Hon. Betty Amongi and Hon. Hellen Asamo.

Employers are encouraged to train HRs on inclusive recruitment, ensure reasonable accommodation at the workplace and enact a disability inclusion policy. The UBDN is also open to all employers. To join the UBDN, contact Henry Sabah, the Disability Inclusion Focal Person on henry.sabah@fuemployers.org.

DISABILITY INCLUSIVE EMPLOYMENT SYMPOSIUM

In commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD), Light for the World in collaboration with Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD), Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) and the Uganda Business and Disability Network (UBDN) organised a symposium on Disability Inclusive Employment at Golf Course Hotel. The main purpose of the symposium was to create a platform for stakeholders in Government, Civil Society, private sector and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) to engage in a dialogue on disability employment, share experiences and propose strategies to promote disability inclusive employment in Uganda. Hon. Hellen Grace Asamo, the State Minister for Disability Affairs was the Chief Guest.

Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio applauded employers for embracing the employment of PwDs. He cited a Harvard Study that revealed that there are high rates of retention among PwDs in all workplaces. He further encouraged job seekers to always keep a positive attitude, re-skill and up-skill and be resilient in their pursuit for gainful employment.

Hon. Hellen Grace in her address emphasised the need to promote advocacy for the rights of PwDs among tripartite partners. She advised job seekers to engage in entrepreneurship, agriculture and self-employment to improve their livelihoods as opposed to applying for jobs. Hon. Asamo also tasked FUE to conduct a research study to ascertain the number of PwDs employed in the labour market.

Furthermore, there were panel discussions comprising of employers in the private sector and civil society organisations sharing their motivations, experiences and lessons learned while promoting disability-inclusive employment in their respective entities. PwDs similarly shared their experiences in accessing employment and how they can be supported to become economically empowered.

Special appreciation to organisations such as Light for the World, NUDIPU and UNAPD for their commitment to the plight of PwDs. The Federation through the UBDN remains committed to promoting disability inclusion at the workplace.

FUE NEW MEMBERS 2023

We warmly welcome the FUE New Members that have joined the Federation this year. We look forward to working with each of you to uphold best business practices, foster good employment relations and advance organisational growth. Remember, ‘Every Good Employer is a member of the Federation of Uganda Employers’.

E-NEWSLETTER ADVERTS

Exciting news! As an Employer you now have an extraordinary opportunity to advertise your products and services in the FUE E-Newsletter starting January 2024. Advertising in our newsletter guarantees maximum visibility reaching over 3000 email subscribers comprising business professionals in various sectors of the economy at local, regional and international level.

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