Please note that the webinar will not be accessible until 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 16th

Re-opening in a Post COVID-19 Environment:

Practical Solutions for SMEs 


The COVID-19 Business Info Hub is launching a webinar series to provide practical advice and solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through engaging discussions with expert panelists. The first session, Re-opening in a Post COVID-19 Environment: Practical Solutions for SMEs will be held on Tuesday, June 16th at 4.00 pm. The webinar will provide SMEs and industry stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the ”new normal” and share practical solutions that can help the sector in this time of crisis. 

Panelists include Gideon BadagawaExecutive Director of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)Daniel BirungiExecutive Director of Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), and Hope Sharon KwiyocwinySales and Marketing Manager of HMH Rainbow Limited, YO KUKU. The session will be facilitated by Tony OtoaExecutive Director of Stanbic Bank Business Incubator, and hosted on Blue Jeans. The session is open to ALL, irrespective of the financial institution you bank with!

The webinar comes at a critical time. Uganda has been on lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic for close to three months, resulting in a myriad of challenges for SMEs, including disruptions in the supply chain, income loss, and changing work environments. A socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on the formal sector and SMEs by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) conducted in April 2020 reveals that 85 percent of all businesses anticipatefinancial distress after three months of lockdown. The expectation of loss is at least 90 percent across companies of all sizes.

The plight of SMEs during COVID-19 poses significant challenges to the Ugandan economy. As the engine of growth for economic development, innovation, and wealth creation, SMEs employ over 2.5 million people in Uganda and account for approximately 90 percent of the entire private sector, generating over 80 percent of the manufacturing output that contributes 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

With this in mind, Stanbic Bank Uganda has deliberately prioritized efforts to support the SME sector in their time of need. In partnership with ConsumerCentrix, Stanbic Bank Uganda has launched the COVID-19 Business Info Hub – a website dedicated to providing useful, practical information on key interventions including business training, useful government directives and industry interviews to enable SMEs to stay afloat during COVID-19. 

We look forward to engaging with you on this relevant discussion towards practical solutions for SMEs. 

For desktop users please click on this link: to join the webinar which will automatically take you into the webinar through the Blue Jeans application. We recommend using Blue Jeans on your desktop for a superior and simpler user experience (this line may or may not be necessary to add).

If you are not able to join through desktop, here is how to join the meeting using your mobile phone:

You’ve been invited as a guest to attend a Blue Jeans video meeting. To join from your Android or iOS phone (or tablet), follow the instructions below (you do not need to sign up for your own BlueJeans account.):

First download the BlueJeans app, directly from Google Play or Apple store (these links also found at, or

  1. Click the meeting URL link from your calendar invite
  2. Click “Join with the app”
  3. Click to install the BlueJeans app
  4. Press Install, from the Google Play or Apple app site
  5. The BlueJeans app is now installed on your phone

Then to join the meeting

  1. Click the meeting URL link from your calendar invite
  2. Click “Join with the app”
  3. With the blue jeans app, already installed, you’ll arrive in a page where you can enter your name or disable your video (if you choose). Press the green “Join Meeting” button.
  4. Click OK If you are asked to allow BlueJeans to access your microphone or camera, or push notifications:

-If your wifi signal is “spotty” (i.e. your audio and/or video images are not good):

-move to an area with a stronger signal, closer to your wifi access point

-swipe the whole button upwards to switch into low bandwidth mode- your camera will be turned off and you will not see any participants- this preserves the limited bandwidth for audio only (you will see screen shares, if they are shown)

-and to improve your audio further, wear earbuds, especially if using android


Attendees will “raise their hand” if they want to interact live in the meeting (be able to speak and be seen): Click the hand, then click “Send Request” to interact live (the Moderator will then review your request). If approved, you’ll receive a confirmation. Unless you are asking a question, please keep your audio to mute throughout the duration of the webinar.

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