Association of Uganda Tour Operators runners-up at Private Sector Awards


KAMPALA, Uganda – The 2015 Private Sector Awards held on February 10,2016 at Royal Suites Hotel in Kampala, saw the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) narrowly edged out by the Insurers Association into second place.

Organized by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU),the award recognizes business associations, corporate companies and government agencies that are playing a critical role in the development of the private sector in the country.

Speaking at the awarding ceremony in Kampala on Wednesday, PSFU Executive Director Gideon Bagadawa said that PSFU recognizes corporate companies, which through their innovative corporate social responsibility approaches have championed investment in the youth.

The awards criteria was premised on having a national presence with a well-established secretariat, good governance structures, audited accounts and has to have been in existence for more than seven years with recognisable achievements in membership development, policy research and advocacy.

“AUTO came very close to Insurers Association who have always dominated the awards. This was the first time we were participating at the awards and won,” said an elated Barbara Adoso Van Helleputte, the association’s Chairperson.

PSFU chairman Patrick Bitature said champions and leaders in private sector and government agencies deserve to be recognized.

The Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) Uganda’s apex body for the private sector.It is made up of 185 business associations, corporate bodies and the major public sector agencies that support private sector growth.

Since its founding in 1995, PSFU has served as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well as capacity building and continues to sustain a positive dialogue with government on behalf of the private sector.

PSFU has previously supported nascent tourism sector to enable access to markets through exhibitions and public relations, and is currently implementing the World Bank funded “Matching Grant” facility under the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP).

The accolade is, therefore, testimony to the strides that the tourism sector made towards building productivity, competitiveness and capacity.