Report of “Business Symposium Day”
In September 2018, the Applied Research Fund (ARF) project, “Strengthening Agribusiness Ethics, Quality Standards & ICT usage in Uganda’s value chains” (AGRI-QUEST) partnered with Makerere University Business School in organizing the 23rd Annual International Management Conference. AGRI-QUEST co-organized and coordinated the conference’s “Business Symposium Day” where the project presented their outcomes to a wide audience.
The 23rd Annual International Management Conference (AIMC) took place between Tuesday September 11 and Friday September 14, 2018 under the theme “The Knowledge Society”. The AIMC, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in Uganda, brought together various stakeholders from academia, practice, NGOs and governments.
During the conference, AGRI-QUEST co-organized and coordinated all activities leading to the “Business Symposium Day” on Friday September 14, 2018. The day’s Theme was “Agriculture Value Chains for Sustainable Competitiveness” and it attracted over 150 delegates. This gave AGRI-QUEST the opportunity to engage a broader array of stakeholders to build synergies and maximize dissemination impact. During the “Business Symposium Day” Lead Researcher Dr. David Katamba gave the very first presentation, entitled “Strengthening Agribusiness Ethics and Quality Standard in the Value Chains”. The presentation included a short video which played for 5 minutes featuring an overview of the AGRI-QUEST project findings, key output, research findings and recommendations.
The ARF project AGRI-QUEST is set to find answers to one central question: How can we have a better business climate in Uganda? In answering this question, AGRI-QUEST provides state-of-theart analyses and policy recommendations on topics related to ethics, quality standards, sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in agriculture in the context of Uganda.