The TESO Region Spotlight PRESS Conference

July 26, 2023by Alex Agaba0

Gudie Leisure Farm is proud to announce the 7th National Region Spotlight – the Teso Region Spotlight – a showcase and celebration of the wealth of investment opportunities in and culture of the region that will be taking place on the 6th and 7th of August, 2023 at Gudie Leisure Farm in Najjeera II – Kira, Wakiso.

The Teso Region Spotlight is a private sector-led initiative aimed at enlightening local and foreign investors about the investment opportunities that exist in this part of the country, generating support for young entrepreneurs that are already investing in it, and celebrating its rich cultural heritage! It will feature 2 major events; – the Teso Cultural Immersion & Talent Show taking place on Sunday 6th August, 2023 and the Teso Region Business Symposium and Dinner that will take place on Monday 7th August, 2023.

“It is pertinent that the private sector proactively works with the government and local leaders to open the eyes of not just foreigners but also all nationals – potential local investors – to the vast opportunities that lie in different parts of Uganda such as the Teso region,” Prof. Gudula Naiga Basaza, Founder and Managing Director of Gudie Leisure Farm said. “Teso is blessed with resources and a very determined and energetic young population which, with strategic guidance, partnerships and support, can drive socio-economic development in the region and country. As the private sector, we need an increase in the flow of investments in the region to thrive as well, hence our decision to promote it.”

It is pertinent that the private sector proactively works with the government and local leaders to open the eyes of not just foreigners but also all nationals

Mr. John Kokas, Gudie Leisure Farm’s Teso region coordinator said that the region hosts several business opportunities in trade, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and services worth exploiting with strategic trade routes to East Africa. He added, “Far more than politics, good business and investments can help our region’s youth realize their aspirations and fulfill their potential. Several youth in the region are starting to realize and appreciate that fact and are determined to evangelize the idea of entrepreneurship and active investment. We want sustainable change: strategic investments and business partnerships can achieve that for us.”

Explaining the choice of venue for the event, Prof. Basaza said, “We have been every deliberate in our choice of venue for these events – Kampala Metropolitan – the home of the Capital and main trade hub of the country, hosting the largest number of potential investors, private sector actors, public institutions as well as business and cultural tourists who need information on opportunities in other parts of Uganda. Teso will be introducing some of its opportunities to them and will in turn host these actors in the region at a later date which will be communicated.”

Also present at the press conference was Akiror Grace, the Minister for Culture (Iteso Cultural Union). She welcomed the public to come and witness the different activities that the youth of Teso are doing.

The Teso region hosts nine districts which include; – Amuria, Bukedea, Kaberamaido Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Serere and Soroti.

About Gudie Leisure Farm

Gudie Leisure Farm (GLF) is a social enterprise providing various agribusiness development services to youth-owned micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the agricultural sector, and in particular, those operating in the white meat and related value chains. Established in 2009, the company, since its inception, has been providing the MSMEs with the technical and business training they need to produce and distribute high quality white meat products and services through its agribusiness incubation center, linking them to markets in and outside their districts of operation that can deliver them with the returns they expect from their investments and business development services (BDS) providers in the public and private sectors that can support the growth and sustainability of their enterprises.

The entity has built a network of 112,900 youth in 750 parishes in all regions of Uganda across 30 districts including; – Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Lwengo, Kyotera, Masaka, Kiryandongo, Luweero, Dokolo, Moroto, Arua, Amolatar, Nwoya, Soroti, Jinja, Namisindwa, Tororo, Hoima, Mbarara, Isingiro, Kabale, Kisoro, Kikuube, Fort Portal, Kamwenge and Kassanda, Rubanda, Butambala, Kabongo, Rakai and operates in 6 refugee settlements – Rwamwanja, Kiryandongo, Maaji, Nakivale, Rhino and Kyangwali.

Within the Teso region, Gudie Leisure Farm has incubated 108 Youth Agripreneur Champions from 18 parishes. These have since returned to the region and incubated over 9,000 Youth Agripreneur Champions (out of school youth) and 2,160 Youth Agri-Club Agripreneurs (youth in school). All the youth have embracing the role of transforming their region by being proactive, productive, planned and profitable. They are engaged in value chain linked agribusiness. They have held district skilling fairs for communities within the region and train community members on a weekly basis in their Parish Entrepreneurship Learning Associations (PELAs).

Media Contacts
Prof. Gudula Naiga Basaza – Managing Director, Gudie Leisure Farm – 0772-400865
Ms. Grace Nakato – CEO Gudie Edu-Agriourism, Gudie Leisure Farm: 0701-436-346
Postal Address:  Gudie Leisure Farm, Najeera II, Kira Municipality, P.O. Box 27450, Wakiso

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