Centenary Bank will on Tuesday, July 27 host a new thought-leadership forum to empower the youth in Uganda with valuable startup business knowledge in an effort to inspire them to own and operate successful businesses.
Dubbed CenteThoughts, the forum will run under the theme: 'How Youth can Start Business with Non-Financial Resources' and it will happen on Zoom and the bank’s Facebook page starting at 10am.
Speakers at the webinar will include CK Japheth, Team Leader, The Innovation Village; Michael Jjingo, General Manager Commercial Banking at Centenary Bank; and Christine Turamuhawe, Founder CJay Home Solutions Limited.
CenteThoughts will be moderated by Mr. Solomon Serwanjja, the BBC Komla Dumor Award Winner and News Anchor at NBS Television.
Announcing the forum, Beatrice Lugalambi, the General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank said the upcoming edition of CenteThoughts is designed to inspire youth in Uganda and beyond to think proactively and creatively.
“This engagement will give them hope, enable them to expand their horizons, and get them to innovate without limitations, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lugalambi said.
“The youth are Uganda’s future generation and they play a big role in renewing and refreshing the current status of our society through leadership, innovation and business, among other important aspects. It is important that we provide platforms that can involve them in learning and decision making for their benefit and transformation,” she added.
According to Uganda's National Youth Policy, a youth is a person aged between 18 and 30 years.
The Statistical Abstract 2020 report by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics projected the youth population in Uganda to be at 53 percent in 2020 in comparison to the total population which is estimated to be above 47 million people.
During the recently read National Budget for the Financial Year 2021/22, the Government of Uganda allocated Shs165 billion to support the implementation of 21,000 projects under the Youth Livelihoods program for 247,700 youth.
CenteThoughts is therefore expected to bring together a sizable number of youth online, to participate with the aim of sensitizing them on viable non-capital resources they can leverage to start their businesses.
You can access the event via this link. The Meeting ID is 94991608352 and the Passcode: 129741.