Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Ruparelia Group, and only son of businessman Dr Sudhir Ruparelia believes that the lockdown caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has presented an opportunity for every entrepreneur to reflect on how they are running their enterprises.
He says that while ‘it is not an easy time to be confined at home but there are a lot of productive things you can do in this period of coronavirus.’
“One is spending time with your family; two is reflecting on your business, to make your business stronger when coronavirus ends; three is to be able to really digest the important things in life,” he added.
He added: “I really believe the world was moving too fast and this is the time for things to slow down. We are already seeing a recovery in our environmental system, the climate is getting better, the horizon layer is repairing itself.
“There are positive things coming out of this lockdown. It is about being patient and reflecting on life. Please respect the guidelines, not for anybody's interest but your own interest. Lockout for yourself, look out for your families, protect each other and love one another,”
Uganda has so far confirmed 53 coronavirus cases with no death. The victims now undergoing treatment in various government facilities are steadily responding to medication.
As of Friday evening, over 1.6m people globally have fallen ill as a resulting of testing positive for COVID-19. Of these, 101,577 have died and 372, 439 have recovered.
And in its effort to combat the virus, like what many other countries did, Uganda closed its borders and airport to prohibit any person from coming into or leaving the country.
Through directives delivered by President Yoweri Museveni, all public and private means of transport including boda boda were prohibited from unnecessary movements. The president also announced a curfew from 7 pm to 6: am.
These measures have curtailed people’s work and businesses. It is believed that after COVID-19, life will in all aspect not be the same including how people work and do business. Entrepreneurs are being advised to prepare for this a yet to known transition.
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