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Ugandan Fintech – turning vision to reality: Fintech at the 9th UK-Uganda Trade and Investment Convention (UCUK) 2019

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Organisers plan to increase investment in Ugandan Fintech at The 9th 2019 Uganda-UK trade and Investment Convention in London.

 

London, UK – This year’s 9th UK-Uganda Trade and Investment Convention (UCUK) 2019 will have a dedicated focus on Fintech with the aim of increasing inward investment to Uganda within this booming sector. With London known as the Fintech Capital of the World, rivalling San Francisco for the Crown, it is expected that the UK-Uganda forum will open up opportunities for British and Ugandan firms to establish deeper relationship and unlock new economic Fintech partnerships. London raised £1.8bn in venture capital and public listings in 2018, almost twice that of Berlin, its nearest European rival.

 

Martin Best

Martin Best, Fintech Expert and former senior exec from WorldRemit remittance company to open discussions

Martin Best, a London-based Fintech expert will be joining experts, business leaders and government officials from Uganda and UK at the London Hilton, Park Lane on the 13th September 2019. 9th UCUK is in partnership with Lord Popat (UK Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda), Uganda Investment Authority and Uganda High Commissioner – UK.

 

Martin Best: “I was given my big break in Fintech by an African here in London – Dr Ismail Ahmed of WorldRemit trusted me to help build his WorldRemit brand across the world. The opportunity to be involved in supporting Fintech in Africa seems a perfect way to give something back to a continent that has so many talented entrepreneurs looking to scale their ideas.” 

 

About Martin Best

Martin Best is a London-based Fintech expert and was previously Head of Brand Marketing, EMEA Marketing and Global Marketing Partnerships for Fintech superstar WorldRemit, where he delivered the global campaigns ‘Money in Safe Hands (2016) and A better way to send money (2017). In 2018 Martin supported WorldRemit’s expansion of their new mobile wallet services in Africa. Having been given his big break in Fintech by Somalilander entrepreneur Dr Ismail Ahmed, Martin has a passion for supporting projects that help create entrepreneurial opportunities for Africans in Africa. This has included supporting campaigns and initiatives in African nations including Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Nigeria. Martin has welcomed HE President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to London during his celebrated ‘Trade not Aid’ speech at the 2017 Royal African Society speech, (https://bit.ly/2U8S3Zh) and HE Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi of Uganda on his visit to WorldRemit HQ in London. Martin has an international career spanning several countries including Director of Marketing for Carlsberg Group, and several senior Director positions in Russia, Asia and Scandinavia. Martin is presently Founder and Managing Director of Full Reach – a strategic and marketing agency with offices in London and Scandinavia.

 

Convention Organiser Willy Mutenza:

Willy Mutenza, Chairman, Founder – Uganda UK Convention

“We know that within Africa, the traditional economic powerhouses of Fintech are Kenya, West Africa and South Africa. With 38 million people, membership of COMESA and the East African Community, the only barrier to Uganda taking a role is moving from vision to reality. That means aligning public, private and regulatory professionals in one place to create a platform for Fintech growth. We are confident that 9th UK-Uganda Trade and Investment Convention (UCUK) 2019 will facilitate that discussion with a view to conducting a trade mission in late 2019 / early 2020.This year’s theme is ‘UNLOCKING UGANDA’S INVESTMENT POTENTIAL’ which is a perfect platform for Fintech, where so much potential exists.”

 

About The UK-Uganda Convention

This year’s theme is “UNLOCKING UGANDA’S INVESTMENT POTENTIAL”.

The UgandaUK trade and Investment Convention connects British businesses, professionals and like-minded people seeking new business and investment opportunities in Africa.

Expert advice from business leaders and government officials from Uganda and UK.

The two days 2019 UK-Uganda Trade and Investment Convention (UCUK), will take place on:

  • Day 1: Friday, 13th September 2019 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
  • Day 2: Saturday, 14th September 2019, Troxy 490 Commercial Rd, London.

 

About Uganda’s Economic Potential within Fintech

According to Ernest Young report “FinTechs in Sub-Saharan Africa”, the FinTech revolution in Africa is primarily fuelled by the continent’s three main hubs of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. These areas boast relatively more advanced FinTech ecosystems compared to the rest of the continent. Martin will present on the vast opportunity in the FinTech space where investors can tap into a large number of Uganda unbanked citizens and an underdeveloped financial sector.

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Uganda has undergone major economic transformation and is an attractive market for global investors and businesses. In fact, Uganda emerged in the IMF top 10 fastest growing economies for 2019 and exciting emerging markets which to invest in. With a population of about 38 million people, GDP Growth of 5.8%, coupled with Pivotal Regional Trade partnerships: East African Community (5 member states), Great Lakes (4 member states), COMESA (19 member states) – exporters have access to this critical market of 489 million, Uganda is a market not to be overlooked.

 

For any further information please contact: Willy Mutenza, Chairman, | Uganda Convention-UK

Whattsup +447950 285 493 | T: (+44) 207 237 7317 | M: (+44) 7790 647089

W: www.ugandanconventionuk.org   

E: willy.mutenza@ugandanconventionuk.org

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Register now: https://ukconvention2019.eventbrite.co.uk/

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