Uganda: Belgian Development Cooperation (DGDC) cooperating with ICEIDA in Uganda

17.11.2008

17.11.2008

Belgian Development Cooperation (DGDC) has requested partnership in ICEIDA´s support to the Entrepreneurship Training Programs (ETP) in Uganda, which is carried out in partnership with Uganda’s investment office. Belgium will contribute 500 thousand euros towards the project. With increased budget, the project period can be extended until 2011, the number of training courses increased and more entrepreneurs will be able to get training.

The Entrepreneurship Training Programme was launched in the summer of 2006. According to Gunnar Þórðarson, Project Manager at ICEIDA´s country office in Kampala, the project’s main purpose is to develop a sustainable and competitive private sector in Uganda. “That’s the long term objective,” he says, “but the immediate objective of the project is to improve the access of entrepreneurs in small and medium enterprises to quality training and appropriate business skills. The purpose is also to increase capacity and knowledge, financial and technical, as well as improving access to existing services and information.”

Gunnar says that training is the main component of the project and training courses are being held all over Uganda, with specific emphasis on the northern districts which have been badly affected by conflict over the past few years. “It’s pleasing to say that the number of participants is much higher than anticipated and since other expenses have been lower, project managers were able to rearrange expenses so as to put more emphasis on the training courses,“ he adds.

The contract with the Belgian Development Cooperation was signed November 4th in the Belgian Embassy in Kampala. Árni Helgason, ICEIDA´s Country Director in Uganda signed the contract on behalf of Iceland and Jan de Bruyne, the Ambassador of Belgium in Uganda on behalf of the Belgian Development Cooperation.