Official launch event for AMC’s second annual conference held in Kampala

By our News Team | 2023

Ugandan associations are gearing up to host landmark joint African marketing and ICT conference in early September.

The official launch of the African Marketing Confederation’s 2nd annual marketing conference – to be known this year as the AfricaPro Conference as part of a tie-up with the newly-formed Technology Information Confederation Africa (TICONA) – was held in Kampala, Uganda last night (Tuesday, 13 June).

This year’s conference is being hosted by the Uganda Marketers Society (UMS) in conjunction with the ICT Association of Uganda, and takes place from 6-9 September 2023 in Entebbe.

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UMS President, David Balikuddembe, addresses attendees at the launch event in Kampala. Photo credit: AMC

The hybrid launch event attracted Ugandan marketing and IT industry professionals, as well as local media. The virtual launch was attended by representatives of AMC and TICONA member bodies from throughout Africa.

Addressing the gathering, UMS President, David Balikuddembe, said the conference aimed to showcase the potential of Africa’s vast market, providing attendees with valuable insights and tools to explore new business opportunities.

He announced this year’s conference theme is ‘Africa’s $3.4 trillion Economy: Opportunities for Marketers’ adding that compelling keynote speeches, interactive sessions and panel discussions will equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to tap into this unique and rapidly developing market.

AMC has come a long way on its journey

AMC President, Helen McIntee, said the upcoming conference emphasised just how far the African Marketing Confederation had come since starting on a journey in 2011 to be an umbrella body for the continent’s marketing associations. There were now 10 country members of the AMC.

“Our aim is really to network, collaborate and upskill the marketing profession, as well as learn from each other in terms of how we’re dealing with the unique challenges that we have in Africa – and the unique solutions,” she told the attendees.

“We all know that Africa is filled with millions of people who are intent on finding solutions – with a remarkable passion and a stubbornness to succeed.”

David Gowu, President of TICONA, said the organisation was a continent-wide non-profit organisation which aimed to add value to ICT professional associations across Africa. 

“TICONA facilitates collaborations, knowledge-sharing and capacity-building among technology professionals, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to harness technology’s potential for sustainable development in Africa,” he stated. “We are dedicated to promoting the highest standards of excellence in the field of technology.”

TICONA’s conference theme this year is ‘Unifying ICT Talents to Power the Continent to 2030 and Beyond’.

More details on conference speakers and discussion topics will be confirmed in due course. Meanwhile, bookings for the conference are now open. You can visit the following websites for booking information and costs:




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