Mukwano Industries has scooped the Presientâ€™s Export Award as the best exporter of the 2004.
Mukwano, which won the Platinum Award was established in 1986 but started operations in 1989. It had 328 employees in 2004, up from 274 in 2003.
Announcing the winner on Friday at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB) executive director, Florence Kaata said Mukwano exported value added products worth $10m in 2004.
Mukwano manufacures products ranging from edibles, soap and vegetable cooking oil, which have a wide market in the eastern African region.
Kaata said the company has established a new prodution scheme in rural areas to grow sunflower, used as raw material for the manufacture of edible oil and soap.
She said this had boosted rural farmers incomes.
Officiating at the awards, the general duties minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, said exporters were the core contributors to economic growth.
He said Uganda has a positive image in Europe for exports.
Kagonyera urged the business community to add value to exports to increase the countryâ€™s foreign earnings.
He said Afriacan countries deserved to be punished for exporting raw materials to Europe.
â€œBecause after value is added, the products are bought back to Africa and sold expensively,â€ Kagonyera said.
Fourteen companies received Silver awards in the sector/product category with earnings above $2m in exports in 2004.
Eight firms received Gold awards for the best sector/product performer above the $2m threshold in 2004.
Kawacom was the best exporter in coffee in 2004 and was rewarded with Gold plus a ticket offered by Kenya Airways to China to market and open-up Uganda coffee shop there.
Akright Projects, a real estate developer, scooped the best estate developer award in the service sector.
The company, which was established in 1999 has so far established nine housing estates with 2,937 units.
The projects are in Lubowa View, Kakaungulu, Kirinya, Namanve I,II and III, Namanve Nile Village Kitiko and Namugongo.
Akright was offered a return air ticket to Amsterdum courtesy of Kenya Airways on November 1 during the airlineâ€™s launch of this route.
Akright is expected to market the projects in Belgium, Netherlands and beyond.
Akrightâ€™s publicist Pauline Butagira said they were proud to be the best estate developers.
She said expansion plans were underway.
â€œWe are planning to develop 2,500 units on over 650 acres in Kakungulu on Entebbe Road adding on the existing units.
â€œThis will be done in the next two years,â€ Butagira said. She said the project would be divided into 14 villages with different plans tailored to suit the clientsâ€™ pockets.
The units would cost between sh65m and sh400m, Butagira said.
She said another estate would be developed in Mubende to benefit the district.
The annual event organised by UEPB aims at recognising exportersâ€™ contribution, encourage quality and diversified performance, generate national export consciousness and sustain interest in export trade.
Mukwano is best exporter