Eve Mbasabye

Eve Mbasabye

Ruparelia Group Is Best Tourism Investor

The Ruparelia Group emerged best tourism investor 2015 at the Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards recently at Hotel Africana. The Ekkula Tourism Awards recognized and awarded people that selflessly put Uganda’s tourism to better heights.

The Ruparelia Group, started by The Group’s Chairman, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, has business interests in banking, insurance, hospitality, conventions and hospitality, entertainment, education, real estate and floriculture. These establishments have made Sudhir one of the most adored entrepreneurs in Uganda.

However the Ekkula tourism award comes as recognition for investments that directly went into supporting the country’s flourishing tourism industry. The Ruparelia Group owns a number of hotels, resorts and entertainment centers.

These include Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Speke Apartments, Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Dolphin Suites, Tourist Hotel, Forest Cottages and Speke Resort Bujagali Fall.

 "We have a commitment to make Uganda a global brand. Our contribution is by putting in place amenities that make stand out. Our hotels are world class because we believe that Uganda has a lot to offer to the world. We want people who come to visit Uganda to go back and tell a good story so that other people can come to see Uganda.

Getting such recognition from Ekkula Tourism Awards organizers is a great incentive and encourages us to even work harder to market Uganda. We shall continue to invest in the tourism industry because it has the potential and we want to see that potential grow. We are going to do more great things for tourism in Uganda.” explained Rajiv Ruparelia, Director Ruparelia Group.

The Group offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities and the finest conference and business meeting venues in Uganda, along with related businesses including a rafting company and a radio station that has for years rocked the airwaves in Uganda.

All Ruparelia Group hotels and resorts are situated in the most strategic locations and offer an array of luxury services, intense hospitality, modern amenities and business facilities.

Testament to the good investment job done by Ruparelia Group, Speke Resort and Conference Centre, one of the hotels owned by the Group, won the Ekkula Tourism Award for Best Service Standard Luxury Hotel 2015.

Speke Resort Munyonyo is among the few 5 star hotels in Kampala, Uganda offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities, finest conference and business meetings. The resort is situated in an idyllic setting in Munyonyo, 30 minutes away from Kampala City- the capital of Uganda, and by the shores of Lake Victoria, you will enjoy our Olympic size swimming pool, equestrian centre, 5 star restaurants, gymnasium and all the hotel sports facilities.

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-functional meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-300 people.

Crane Bank Supports Masaka Nursing Home

 

Crane Bank donated an assortment of medical supplies to Tender Hands Nursing Home in Lukaya, Masaka district. This philanthropic venture came as part of Crane Bank’s corporate social responsibilities activities.

The bank has held similar CSR activities like the Free Eye Screening and treatment for everyone, blood donation campaigns, Save The Environment drive by planting trees with the Indian High commission, sponsorship of the KCCA Carnival, school fees sponsorship, supporting the Fistula Repair Program with Nakasero Hospital, and sponsorships of various marathons among others.

Tender Hands Nursing Home is a registered Non-Governmental Health Project and offers nursing services to all the People who have illness in Lukaya Town Council and its neighboring villages. Tender Hands Nursing Home has an in-Patient and out-Patient Clinic.

Mrs. Juliet Nakidde, the director of the nursing home said, "We are always looking to extend medical and clinical facilities in the Masaka region; especially towards pregnant women.”

Crane Bank also exercises its corporate responsibility beyond its core business. More than 10,000 people benefit from the different initiatives as part of its commitment to society.

“Agriculture Financing”, the bank's education program, has reached over 500 schools countrywide. Over 5,000 people have benefited from the bank's financial literacy programs. Out of Uganda’s 112 districts, Crane Bank has a direct outreach to 70 districts through 23 upcountry branches. They range from microfinance to impact investments and aim to promote entrepreneurship, improve people's local environment and help people in emergency situations.

Crane Bank commenced operations in August 1995 and survived the banking crisis of the late 1990s to become the largest indigenous bank in country today. The bank now boosts of 46 branches across the country.

Crane Bank provides a full range of financial products and services, each tailored to meet the individual needs of its customers, through its nationwide branches and ATMs spread across Uganda and a subsidiary, Crane Bank in Rwanda.

Crane Bank has won several awards including the prestigious “The Best Bank Uganda” of Euro money and “Banker of the Year” award from The Banker Magazine, publication of the Financial Times for the 9th time in 10 years. Crane Bank has won the “Deutsch Bank USD STP Award” four times in a row.

Victoria University Starts New Oil And Gas Course

 

In a bid to contribute to local content in Uganda’s oil and gas sector and to enable Ugandans understand the working of the oil and gas industry, Victoria University has positioned itself as the leading provider of oil and gas education and training in Uganda.

The University has added another course to its range of oil and gas related courses. The Jinja road based learning institute launched the Certificate of Achievement in Oil and Gas Management. Classes are scheduled to start on 6th February 2016. Classes are conducted every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9.00am.

International certifications in the Petroleum Industry such as Health and Safety and Environmental Auditing (ISO 14001 EMS), Project Finance, Law and Energy Management can be arranged on request.

The program targets individuals from Oil and Gas companies, Business managers and Executives,Parliamentarians/Civil society, Vocational workers and Marketers etc. The program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded, global understanding of the ever changing Oil and Gas industry.

Dr Drake Kyalimpa, the Head, Oil and Gas Department urged all potential students that the course shall include a field trip to the Albertine Graben(Hoima and Buliisa Oil fields)to ensure that our students and professionals acquire hands on experience.

Other degree programs include: Bachelor of Oil and Gas Accounting among many programmes to be offered in the January –February intake currently ongoing.

Tanzania Secures Land For Vital LNG Plant

 

Tanzania’s natural gas development achieved a significant leap when Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) concluded the acquisition of land on which it will put the planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant.

Tanzania will build its first LNG facility in the coastal town Lindi after TPDC acquired the title deed for a 2,071Ha parcel of land in Lindi. Kelvin Komba, TPDC Director of Exploration and Development, said the government is ready to begin work on the construction of the plant. 

The Tanzanian government is on record that it plans to spend $6 million (approx. Tshs 12 Billion) for assessment and compensation of 450 households living in Lindi in fiscal year 2015/16.

"After securing the title deed, the law requires the owner to pay compensation to the relevant parties based on a valuation done by the chief government valuer," TPDC said in a published statement.

Lindi is favored as it is close to an offshore deep-sea region where various companies including BG Group, Statoil, ExxonMobil and Ophir Energy have discovered over 50Tcf of natural gas. But their final investment decision has in part been held up by delays in finalising issues related to the site.

According to TPDC the land location was reached in agreement with international oil companies with interest on the project all of whom have discovered gas reserves off the Indian Ocean coast.

“Once the project is complete it will enable the production of natural gas for internal use as well as for export generating much needed foreign exchange,” TPDC said in a statement. The government has also set aside another 17,000Ha in surrounding areas for development of industrial parks that will purchase the gas from the facility.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government of Tanzania, the partners in Blocks 1, 3 and 4 and the partners in Block 2 signed in April 2014 covering the site selected for the LNG plant in Lindi.

 “TPDC notifies all citizens to refrain from buying the land in question No.1 Kitalu A Likong’o, Lindi Municipality and surrounding areas that have been set aside for projects that have national importance. The corporation wishes to state that no compensation will be awarded to any new land owners who will purchase land to make a profit,” TPDC said in a statement.

The central bank believes 2 percentage points would be added to annual economic growth of 7 percent simply by starting work on the huge plant that would draw in billions of dollars of investment.

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