This section defines what sectors, firms qualify for support; what is meant by a qualifying firm-level plan within which support can be given; it defines what is meant by a qualifying activity and within such an activity what qualifying expenditures can be supported.
The Eligible sectors
This MGF is strictly available for selected subsectors characterized as those in the non-traditional exports and coffee as identified in the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and are also part of the high potential sub-sectors in the Uganda Competitive and Investment Climate Strategy 2011-2015. These are;
2. Grains and pulses,
4. Edible oils
5. Fisheries, and
6. Information Technology/Business Process Outsourcing
Firms in the manufacturing not directly linked with the above sectors will not be eligible.
The Eligible Firm
Any private business entity, legally established in Uganda and with established business interests in the selected subsectors, is eligible for support. The MGF also supports the informal firms operating in the eligible sectors through their respective associations and to recognize that the vast majority of such firms are not yet officially registered with the appropriate business registration authorities. They too will be helped to grow, but will be encouraged to register, once they reach the level of turnover where income tax, either individual or corporate, becomes payable. In the case of a business entity not formally registered, all contracts entered into between the MGF and the small firm or entity must be made either with an individual firm or a representative business association. MGF also targets women owned enterprises.
No restrictions apply as to whether a firm is locally or foreign owned. Firms may apply for support either singly, or as groups. Parastatals, government entities and government-controlled firms do not qualify. Specifically, firms where the government or a parastatal is the largest shareholder, or has a majority on the board, do not qualify.
i. Installation of standards and specific sector standards including ISO and HACCP
ii. Accessing technical assistance
iv. Training in management,
v. Business plan preparation,
vi. Marketing and market access (local and international markets)
vii. Record keeping and improving financial management
viii. Improving production techniques
ix. Improving post harvesting techniques
x. Introduction of techniques in order to improve quality along the sub-sector value chain.
xi. Support to sub-sector business associations will also be provided
xii. Branding and marketing the Uganda BPO Industry.
xiii. BPO specialized software and hardware support.
xiv. Professional certification support.
xv. Support for last mile connectivity to the National Backbone Infrastructure.
xvi. Capacity Building to orient graduates into BPO and attain professional certification.
xvii. International standards acquisition support.
Non- Eligible Activities
• Similarly, expenditures on internal costs, such as salaries for permanent staff, are not eligible.
Longer Term Experts
Rules for Applying to Firm-level Grants
Selection of Suppliers for Services
Rejections of Mode of Selection
Reasons for rejections of the mode of selection of a supplier includes the following:
a) unsuitability of the selected service supplier proposed on the basis of information provided;
b) previous unethical practices, previous poor performance, failure to disclose information. Where the mode of rejection initially proposed by the recipient firm has been rejected, the MGF Manager may, by exception, require the recipient firm to undertake a new selection process, using an acceptable competitive selection process such as (i) obtaining proposals from at least 3 technically qualified service suppliers; or (ii) using one of the selection methods from those outlined in the World Banks Consultants Guidelines of October 2006.