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The Ugandan Convention in UK hosted by Leicester Asian business Association.

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Mr. Minhas, LABA President hand over a Leicester souvenir to Mr. Mutenza

Mr. Minhas, LABA President hand over a Leicester souvenir to Mr. Mutenza

The delegation led by Mr Will Mutenza, vision bearer for this Convention, and one of Uganda’s most prominent ethnic community activists overseas.

Hosted at the LABA headquarter by its President Mr. Jaspal Minhas, and the executive members, the meeting was part of the initiative by the Ugandan Convention to fulfil one of the objectives—mainly to network with associations that have a synergy with UCU’s vision and objectives. LABA is one of the biggest ethnic associations in the UK, predominantly constituted by Ugandan Asians which constitute a large majority of Leicester’s residents.

Mr. Mutenza reiterated that Ugandans in the UK exceed 130,000; this obviously a large community with a niche market that has not yet been tapped into. However, he added that besides the quantitative factor of this community, there remains a lot to be achieved in terms of business and career development—which will only determine its growth as a community both individually and generally.

[box type=”info”]1st Uganda Convention UK 2011 Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM (GMT) Where 490 Commercial Road Shadwell London E1 0HX London United Kingdom Book ticket[/box] As Mutenza explained, it is our mission to reach out to LABA and solicit for support in terms of mentorship and inspiration in promoting personal growth to members of our community. Statistics in the UK shows that Asians (especially those from Uganda) have accumulated a great success in both their careers and business over the last 25 years, and it is our duty as the Ugandan Convention to work as a bridge between these two communities. Success is not achieved by luck but by necessary principles that need to be nurtured with the required skills to prosper.

Mr. Uday Dholakia, the Chairman of LABA, was excited by the initiative of UCU and suggested that LABA and UCU build a long term and a two-way partnership that could benefit both communities.

from left: Sindy Modha, (Vice President Governance), Mukesh (member), Jaspal Singh Minhas (President), Willy Mutenza (Chairman-UCU), William Lule (Sec Gen – UCU), Resh Plaha (Vice President), Raja Mahal (Chair – LABA Property Forum and LABA lead on LEP Assurance), Priyesh Patel (Vice President Communications)

LABA Chairman then proposed other a mentorship schemes that can help bring in young entrepreneurs from Uganda and be mentored by industries in the UK with the supervision of LABA. This would not only create a strong entrepreneur base for Uganda, but would enable them to achieve certificates in various business courses, giving them a good foundation in business practice when they get back to Uganda. Also, the same can be extended, taking Small Enterprise Businesses to Uganda to be exposed to opportunities there and to tap into the opportunities that the new East Africa community possesses.

Finally the President of LABA confirmed that he and his Executives would be attending the Convention and he would be a keynote speaker at the convention.

Mutenza added that, we realized that we alone are responsible for our future and growth and it is our duty to make all efforts for our people to exploit opportunities. In order to realize our dreams in this adopted land, we need to encourage our people to leave their comfort zone and search for that dream that they dreamed of before setting off to this dream-land (UK).

Leicester has the largest concentration of Millionaire and successful Ugandan Asians that includes the likes of Amin Tejani, the Chairman of LPC, the largest non-branded toilet paper products in Europe and amny other who will be attending the Ugandan Convention in August 27 2011.

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