Uganda TOP 100 Certified Responsible Investments (2019-2020)



ARUA SEZ LIMITED is the winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award offered by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment in appreciation of its contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals .The URI Award ceremony was held on 22nd November 2019 and it was presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Investment and Privatisation.

Arua SEZ Ltd was incorporated to develop and operate a Free Zone in Arua Municipality-West Nile region of Uganda. It will provide dedicated infrastructure to attract Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment [FDI] and Domestic Direct Investment to job creating export oriented enterprises that will operate in the Free Zone.

The Free Zone is best suited to be located in Arua because of its proximity to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, both major export destinations for goods originating from Uganda. They are also sources of unique base metals and timber that are highly sought after in the international market, thus presenting an opportunity for bi-directional flow of Trade to and from these countries. In an organized manner that is sensitive to the environment and the need to stop illicit trade.

The project is anchored on Ware houses to facilitate the activities of; labeling, packing and repacking, sorting, grading, cleaning and mixing (agro processing) and breaking of bulk. In future expansion Arua SEZ will consider Aquaculture by the local community along the river Nile, Arua SEZ will house a purpose built Fish processing Unit, to provide demand to local communities farmed fish outputs for secondary processing into the fish derivatives of Feed, Omega and fillet for export thus achieving the integration of local communities into the global fish derivatives value chains. Timber processing into finished manufactures for export.

SEZs are established with the aim of achieving one or more of the following four policy objectives;

  • To attract foreign direct investment (FDI): Virtually all zones programs, from traditional EPZ to China’s large-scale SEZs aim, at least in part,to attract FDI.
  • To serve as “pressure valves” to alleviate large-scale unemployment: The SEZ programs of Tunisia and the Dominican Republic have successful job-creating programs.
  • To support economic reform strategy: In this view, SEZs are a simple tool permitting a country to develop and diversify exports. The SEZs of China; the Republic of Korea; Mauritius; and Taiwan,China, follow this pattern.

The Activities below are mainly be undertaken by business enterprises that will be tenants of the Free Zone. The Activities targeted will include;

  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Labeling, packing and repacking
  • Sorting, grading, cleaning and mixing
  • Breaking bulk
  • Simple assembly
  • Grouping of packages

Arua SEZ Ltd seeks to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Arua, Uganda with the aim of accelerating growth of small exporting enterprises (not start-ups), through provision of appropriate infrastructure and business support services(market linkage, supply chain and customs facilitation). Arua SEZ will provide custom built facilities such as; warehouses, agro processing zone with a focus on fish processing, office block (canteen, trade service providers and virtual offices to provide administrative services to the operators in the Zone) and industrial real estate units.

Having identified the need and the strategic location that Arua town presents, we have no doubt that the free zone area will be of great benefit to Uganda, the West Nile region and specifically create employment for people around it while also offering an attractive return for the investors/promoters.

With hindsight of the above, Arua SEZ Ltd would like to develop and operate a free zone in Arua in which they will construct a total of 17 (seventeen) warehouses (that have all necessary facilities within the zone), and office space that shall accelerate business within this region and in return collect rental and management fees.

When set up, the Free zone will not only boost regional trade and export but could also offer other business advantages to factories located in the zone such as; 10 year income tax rebate, zero customs duties, and business friendly regulatory requirements for registration of business and focused priority trade facilitation to increase trade efficiency – which will make the zone attractive to manufacturing SME’s, export companies oriented companies and multinationals targeting the DRC and South Sudan Markets.


Plot M22A-D off Ujio Road Adriko Cell
Kenya Ward , River Oli Division
Arua municipality
Arua district, Uganda

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Phone:+256 782 210 855

Mobile:+256 780 379 209



CHIEF DISTILLERIES LIMITED is the winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award offered by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment in appreciation of its contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Chief Distilleries Uganda limited is one of the leading manufacturers & exporters of alcoholic products in Uganda and producers of Chief Waragi Gin, Kikoto Vodka, Hero Vodka, Café liqueur, Blue moon Gin to name a few.

The Company was established in the year 2002, located in the heart of Uganda, Kampala. Has strong sales channels with presence across Uganda including the remotest of villages. The company has established state of the art and most sophisticated bottling lines, which are aimed at producing high standard quality products and comply with all UNBS guidelines. Chief Distilleries is an active member of industry associations contributing towards the industry development with Uganda manufacturers association (UMA), Uganda alcohol industry association (UAIA).

As a responsible citizen of the world, Chief Distilleries Uganda limited contributes for local community development by sponsoring sports events, furniture, medical facilities at schools, school fees sponsorship for staff children and provides free regular medical check-ups for staff. Also, actively sponsors infant’s heart surgeries in abroad through a local NGO.

Over the couple of decades of its existence, Chief Distilleries has received many accolades from various organizations – like URA, ACDIPE, Pakwach AIDS care to name a few. In 2019, Chief Distilleries was recognized with the Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI AWARD) received during the 2019 High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda.

Mr. G.M Reddy - Chairman

Mr. Koushik Reddy Ganesham - Director

Mr.Raghavendra Reddy. G – Director
Tel : Mob:+256 750999938

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RILEY PACKAGING is the winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award offered by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment in appreciation of its contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals .

Riley Packaging is proudly introduced as one of the Largest, Most Modern Corrugated-Board Factory in East Africa. We are manufacturers of a wide range of corrugated products from 3 to 9 ply corrugated boxes, various types of display stands and other related items made from corrugation. Riley Packaging revolutionized the face of corrugated packaging in East Africa, with the creative and intelligent use of world class technologies and global capacities. It manufactures world class corrugated boxes that is assisting East African Industries & exporters in its endeavor of providing more value.

The factory is of truly global capacity. The 1.8 meter B,C and E-flute corrugator that includes compact single facers, a thermo plan double backer with air press hood for uniform board pressure, a double rotary slitter scorer and double stacker from one of the best manufacturers in the world.  This produces 220 mtrs/min. (Avg.)

We have 3 Nos. of fully Automatic 4 Color Inline flexo folder gluers, print, slot, fold and glue boxes at the rate of 12,000 boxes an hour.

Offline facilities include the 2-color and 3-color flexo-print, platen punching machine, folder gluer, stitcher all from various origins.

The plant also features a glue kitchen and waste extraction system.

Adequate conveyors have been laid down for easy material handling.

Well designed utility complex with high capacity boiler and backup generators.

All the above machineries and equipments are well designed with Process Logic Control systems.

Riley Packaging has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System which fulfils Nemko’s provisions for Management System Certification and the requirements of the following standard

  • ISO 9001:2008
    The certificate covers the following activities:
  • Manufacture, Testing and Supply of:
  • Corrugated Boxes: Printed, Plain, Waxed, Die-Cut, Glued or Stitched
  • Die-Cut Trays
  • Partition and Fitments
  • Single Facer Rolls

General Manager
Block 189, Kyagwe, Lwanyonyi Village
P.O.Box 817, Mukono District
Mukono, UGANDA



+256 312 266200 | +256 392 745394
+256 755 666200 | +256 752 287902



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Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda)

Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda) is a Winner of the 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Award (URI Award) held on 22nd November 2019 at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala during a High Level Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda and Hon Evelyn Anite Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The 2019 Uganda Responsible Investment Summit and Award Ceremony was organised by Public Opinions and Office of the Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment. The award is offered to Companies and organisations which promote and uphold International Best Standards and Practices and have made tremendous contributions towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.SASAKAWA was ranked by Public Opinions on 22nd November 2019 at the Best Wealth Creation Organisation in Uganda committed to ensuring improved agricultural productivity through transfering improved agricultural technologies accross the country.

The Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda (SG2000 Uganda) country program started in 1996, with the signing an MOU between SAA and the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). The main aim was to transfer improved agricultural technologies to enhance food security and household incomes of smallholder farmers. With funding from the Nippon Foundation of Japan since inception, SG2000 Uganda has operated in 60 districts and reached out to over 700,000 smallholder households and 400 Sub counties, trained over 4,180 extension agents in collaboration with various partners and stakeholders that support agriculture at various levels of the value chain.

SG2000 operates within the government extension structures and has further strengthened this by establishing Community Based Facilitators (CBFs), who are selected from farming communities and trained to complement delivery of extension and advisory services to smallholder farmers (SHFs).

The SG2000 Uganda program is managed together with the production sector under the district local governments in the program areas, where SG2000 together with the districts designate an SG2000 district coordinator who oversees the extension agents. Other partners include agro-input companies, off takers, financial institutions, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, FBOs and Media houses.

SG2000-Uganda has been under the leadership of Dr. Michael Foster from 1996 to 2007, who was succeeded by Mr. Emmanuel Kayaayo as interim director in 2008; and subsequently, Dr. Sarah Osiya and Dr. Roselline Nyamutale as Country Directors in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The program is currently implemented within 20 districts as follows: Nippon Foundation (NF) core project districts include: Oyam, Lira, Gulu in the North; Jinja, Palisa, Budaka, Tororo, Kamuli, Bugiri, Iganga in the East; Mityana, Nakaseke and Mukono in Central and Ntungamo in the West; the Farmer Based Organisation (FBO) project also funded by NF focusing on establishing economically viable FBOs continues in the 8 districts namely: Palisa, Budaka, Tororo, Jinja, Kamuli, Bugiri, Iganga, Lira and Kamwenge; Under the IFAD/Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Vegetable oil Development Project2 (VODP2), project districts include Jinja, Kamuli, and Iganga, while the Growth for Uganda (G4U) project funded by K+S GmbH Germany continues in Dokolo and Apac Districts in the North. The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers are currently promoting rice value chain in Namutumba, Buikwe, Mukono, Luwero, and Mityana districts.

Followings are some of the achievements for the past 20 years.
  • Contributed to evolution of the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) and subsequent formation of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
  • Spearheaded formation of Africa Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the Uganda chapter Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS).
  • Initiated Development of rural agricultural inputs stockists networks which gave birth to Uganda National Agro-Dealers Association (UNADA)
  • Spearheaded the NERICA (Upland rice) Revolution in Uganda in partnership with WARDA, CIMMYT, JICA, NARO NASECO and JICA that reduced imported rice by $20m and is providing income to over 450,000 farmers.
  • Introduced quality protein maize (QPM) and its utilization in human and livestock feed for Nutrition improvement
  • Took lead in establishment of community seed multiplication systems.
  • Established and operationalized 13 One Stop Centers (over 10,000 members- 57% women)
  • Under Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE), over 176 mid-career extension agents have graduated from Makerere University.
  • Initiated Japanese Oversees Volunteers (JOCVs) scheme and internship program for local and international students – supported rice production
  • Initiated the mobile farmer training /learning & soil testing lab in partnership with K+S GmbH-Germany.
  • Pioneered E-extension in partnership the private sector

It is against all the background and achievements that SG2000 Uganda received national and international recognition awards . SG2000 has twice an award from CIMMYT for being one of the best disseminators of drought tolerant maize in East Africa, and twice the Visionaries award from the Government of Uganda, an affirmation of the contribution and relevancy of her programs and alignment with the government’s focus that aims at attaining a middle income status by 2040.

Some of the unique activities in Uganda

THE ONE STOP CENTRE CONCEPT: In its endeavor to empower farmers and establish sustainable value chains for the selected enterprises within rural communities, in 2001, SG2000 Uganda initiated the One Stop Centre Association (OSCA) concept. The OSCA is a community based farmers’ Organization that is linked to services through a multipurpose infrastructure that aggregates demands for agricultural services to reduce transaction costs, builds entrepreneurial capacity to run services on a commercially viable and sustainable basis, integrates and strengthens institutional arrangements for key services such as inputs delivery, production, agro-processing and produce marketing; bridges the gap between the poor and the rich by bringing services closer to everyone in the community and making them more affordable. To date, 14 centers are in place.


K+S KALI GmbH and SG2000 Uganda established a mobile training unit to reach out to smallholder farmers especially in hard-to-reach areas. It comprises of a soil testing laboratory and a training facility for improved crop production technologies, post-harvest processing and storage and product market using especially audio-visual aids.

List of Other Donor Funded Projects in Uganda
(Excluding Nippon Foundation funded program)

List of Awards & Certificates received in Uganda


SAA Uganda Office

Sasakawa Global 2000 Uganda
Plot 15A, Clement Hill Road, Ruth Towers
P.O. Box 6987, Kampala, Uganda
+256-41-4345497 / 256-31-2261180