The SEED National Dialogue Forum 2018; Local Action- Global Impact: Realizing Green and Low- Carbon Economies with Eco-Inclusive Enterprises.
The prominent event brought together around 100 enterprises, financial institutions, policy makers and business development service providers to develop approaches and partnerships that capitalize on the success of eco-inclusive enterprises to increase the sector’s size and impact in Uganda.
During his speech, Dr Joshua Mutambi commissioner and Head of Department of Processing and Marketing at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives emphasized the efficient and productive use of energy through promotion of biomass projects as well as local entrepreneurs in an eco-friendly environment.
He also mentioned an industrial Symbiosis project being implemented by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives together with the African Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) in conjunction with Uganda Cleaner Production Centre (UCPC) as a partner with the aim of promoting sustainable product innovation and energy efficient practices among Uganda’s Small Scale Industries.
Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Uganda; Cḝdric Merel pointed out the European Union proposal to help provide Ugandan eco-inclusive SMEs with a better access to finance and knowledge through credit facilities, grants and technical assistance.
Panel and roundtable discussion about Realizing Green and Low- Carbon Economies with Eco-Inclusive Enterprises with a number of experts from different sectors that is to say; Julius Magala, United Nations Capital Development Fund(UNCDF), SEED Award winner Jay Patel, co-founder and vice president Village Energy , Juraj Ujhazy Team Leader AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants GmbH and Miguel Leal, Climate Smart and Inclusive Green Growth Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society. A number of questions and issues were addressed by the panel hence changes to strengthen the role of eco-inclusive SMEs were sighted.
This was followed by The More the Better; Boosting impacts through business model replication presentation from Magdalena Kloibhofer, SEED and Edrisa Sembatya, Finding XY
The last event of the day was an exhibition where entrepreneurs like MASUPA Enterprises, Gorilla Conservation coffee and Ori bags innovations Ltd exhibited their products such as coffee, craft bags and energy cooking stoves.