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Tuesday, July 21 2009
The Banking sector is growing and it continues to grow as the central bank is yet to license more commercial banks. Uganda now has over 20 commercial banks in operation
  1. Bank of Africa  - It started as Sembule Investment Bank in 1984. In 1996 it became Allied Bank courtesy of the new owners then. It is now Bank of Africa with its HQs on Jinja road.
  2. Bank of Baroda - Started Operations in Uganda way back in 1953. Its head office is located on Kampala Road next to Barclays Bank and another branch is right next to Club Rouge. The latest branch to be opened in Kampala is right after Kampala International University. It is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange.
  3. Barclays Bank - Next to Bank of Baroda on Kampala road with various branches in the city centre  has been in Uganda for over 70 years. One of its products are featured here Barclays Prestige Service
  4. Cairo International Bank - On Green land towers opposite Bank of Uganda started its operations in 1995.More on the bank from the CIB Website
  5. Centenary Bank  - Formerly Centenary Rural Development Bank (CERUDEB) and now Centenary Bank is located on plot 7 Talenta House on Entebbe Road started its operations in 1983 as a credit trust and ten years later it was licensed into a full commercial bank. Centenary Bank is the largest indigenous bank with an estimated asset base of over USD 220 Million. The bank employs over 1,000 people. To contact Centenary Bank call +256 414 346856, +256 414 232 393.
  6. Citi Bank - On Ternan Avenue next to British Airways. An Ideal home for Corporate Customers.
  7. Crane Bank - Founded in 1995 and it is the seventh largest bank in Uganda as of Feb.2009.
  8. DFCU Bank - Development Finance Company of Uganda started in 1964 as a development finance company and in 2005 it became a commercial bank. Its HQs are located on plot 2 Jinja road. It is now celebrating 45 years of progress
  9. Diamond Trust Bank - In 1997 is when it became a fully fledged commercial bank with about 9 branches across its network.
  10. Eco Bank Uganda -
  11. Equity Bank Uganda   - It was created in 2008 when the Equity Bank Group purchased Uganda Microfinance Limited. Equity Bank now employs about 500 people, listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the symbol EQTY and it is the 13th largest commercial bank as of June 2009.
  12. Fina Bank - Started its operations in 2008 with 2 branches in Kampala plus one Mbarara and Kasese. Notable for cross border money transfer between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
  13. Global Trust Bank - Started its operations in 2008 with its headquarters on Kampala road adjacent to Kenya Commercial Bank. Its majority shareholders are Nigeria's largest Insurance company, Industrial and General Insurance Co. Plc(IGI) and National Insurance Company(NIC)
  14. Housing Finance Bank  - Founded in 1967 as a mortgage bank and in January 2008 it became a commercial bank. It has an asset base estimated at USD 80Million, Housing Finance Bank was the 11th largest commercial bank in Uganda as of April, 2009.
  15. Kenya Commercial Bank  - 
  16. National Bank of Commerce  -
  17. Orient Bank -
  18. Post Bank Uganda -
  19. Stanbic Bank U Ltd -
  20. Standard Chartered Bank -
  21. Tropical Bank -
  22. United Bank for Africa -

More on Banks in Uganda: Finance

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Sunday, July 05 2009

Planning your day and thinking of where to host your guests but do not know of any locations, some of these might be venues you may wish to add on your venue list.

Hotel Africana - Located on plot 2-4 Wampewo Avenue there are two wedding reception packages of which one is indoors and the other at the pool side. The price for indoor package is slightly higher than out door as we will later see.

Swimming Pool (Hotel Africana)
Afro Continental Buffet, 2 soft drinks per person plus 1 free bridal room for one night with breakfast inclusive. The price per person is 35,000/- assuming the numbers are over 300. If less than 300 then venue hire will be 1,500,000/- and then 35,000/- per person invited. Minimum deposit for this package is 2,000,000/-. The venue will be set up, chairs, tables and cutlery.

Nile Hall (Hotel Africana)
Like in the package of swimming pool above but this will include Music and Public Address system going for 40,000/- per person for numbers above 500 guests. 400-500 guests the charge will be 45,000/- per person and between 300-400 is 50,000/- per person. Numbers below 300pax is 60,000/-. Minimum deposit for this package is 3,000,000/-. For details on the above packages contact Marketing on (256)-414-347809. Closing time for both packages is 10:00pm.

Seascallop Restaurant and Bar
Located on Kiira road next to Mariandina opposite the Museum around Mulago Hospital. The charge for this place is 20,000/- per person and if the numbers are above 350pax then you can easily get a discount. Otherwise Venue, Music, food with a soft drink, tables and chairs, wedding canopy lights plus a deluxe bridal suite for one night is all you get at that price. Local dishes are also served. Contact JB on (256)-772-305256. Meanwhile this runs until 5:00am implying that you are free to party till dawn.

Nanjing Hotel

This is located in Kololo and wedding receptions are held in the hotel gardens. You however must have you chairs and tables as the hotel will only provide food and drinks. A soft drink goes for 1,500/- and a beer 2,500/-. Otherwise the venue is free as long as you have paid 13,000/- per person. You should also provide your own music which plays up to 10:00pm as the neighbourhood does not entertain noise. You can carry on with the party till 11:00pm without music though. The garden looks beautiful once all is set.

Arirang Korean Restaurant
Located on Nakasero road next to the Indian High Commission. Arirang Restaurant will provide African buffet and not Korean. 22,000/- for guests over 300. Soft drinks are 1,200/- where as a beer goes for 2,500/-. Ample parking plus security is available.Closes by midnight and the neighbourhood is mindful of the noise levels. You need to provide your music and decoration. Our research workers have also discovered that there is every need to monitor the flow of drinks from the serving point to the guests because some of the drinks might never get to the guests at all.

Kembabazi Catering, Arapapa and Maria's Palace in Naguru are other places that can be given a try. We will keep on updating this section with any venues that become available to our team. In the meantime you are free to review these places if at all you have held or attended a function there.

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