A deliberate government effort to buy from women-owned businesses could help lift many women entrepreneurs who are facing market challenges, according to Houinato Maxime, the UN Women Representative for Uganda.
The government remains the biggest consumer in Uganda. However, according to Maxime, there was a big question of “when the government buys, where it actually buys?”
He was speaking at the dialogue in Kampala; Generation 4 Generation organized by United Nations Population Fund Uganda (UNFPA) on opportunities for women and young people in the business arena.
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Maxime said there were structural hindrances that stopped women in Uganda from owning big businesses as much as men.
Only 33 per cent of businesses in Uganda is owned by women. Most of these, however, remain in agriculture, small and informal. This means they can hardly compete for government procurement. This classification also means they are in the least paying sectors.
Representing Gender minister Janat Mukwaya, Maggie Kyomukama, the assistant commissioner for Gender and Women Affairs, said the government was prepared to support women who make up 52 per cent of the country’s population.
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The dialogue was held under the theme, Uganda’s women as game changers for social economic development