QCIL in the Press
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The 88th Rotary District Conference and Assembly was held in Mombasa between the 24th and 27th of April and it witnessed the birth of a new Rotary District, D9211 comprising of Uganda and Tanzania and elected Quality Chemical Industries Ltd CEO Mr. Emmanuel Katongole as its first District Governor. This Conference and Assembly was opened by newly elected Kenyan President, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Emmanuel Katongole joined the Rotary Club of Muyenga in Uganda in 1996 and in the last seventeen years Mr. Katongole has steadily and diligently served in various positions ranging from Club President, Country Chair for Annual Giving, District Conference Chairman, Assistant Governor and now District Governor for Uganda and Tanzania for the year 2013-14.

Mr Katongole has had numerous achievements which exemplify the innovative and Entrepreneurial spirit that has enabled him and his fellow directors to make Quality Chemical Industries a centre of pharmaceutical manufacturing excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

During his tenure as District Governor, Rotarian Emmanuel Katongole intends to focus on serving the community especially the underprivileged. Mr. Katongole will in particular focus on participating in the implementation of both local and international service projects related to peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic community development. He is passionate about having shared values with the community and it is something he has carried forward in the way he runs his businesses. Mr Katongole hopes that his tenure as District Governor will grow the visibility of Rotary in Uganda and encourage more Ugandans to put service above self in their daily lives.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012 21:25 Written by Observer Media Ltd.

Emmanuel Katongole, the Chief Executive Officer of Quality Chemicals, will receive with the prestigious Africa Business Leadership award in Arusha this Wednesday, becoming the first Ugandan to do so.

The awards recognize the “values and dedication of outstanding Africans who have turned their visions into initiative and successful business ventures.” ABLA is organized as a partnership between the Africa Development Bank and a group of international institutions led by Advanced Finance and Investment Group, a private equity fund management company, and includes the Africa Finance Corporation, BancABC, Ecobank Group, Abax Corporate Services, Dalberg, and Shelter Afrique.

Quality Chemicals Limited started business in 1997, producing veterinary, environmental and human health products. In 2005, Quality Chemicals Limited partnered with the international drug company, CIPLA, to form Quality Chemicals Industries Limited. Since then, QCIL has brought in new partners, CapitalWorks International Partnership Fund and TLG Capital Fund, to become one of the biggest drug companies in the region.

Katongole is also the chairman of Vero Food Industries Ltd, the producers of Vero natural mineral water. Katongole was also a finalist for the East Africa Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 awards. He is also a member of the Initiative for Global Development - Frontier 100.

The awards, the fourth edition, will be presented during the African Development Bank annual meeting. Previous winners include: South Africa’s Louisa Mojela, the Group Managing Director of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Ltd, Nigeria’s Tijani Babatunde Folawiyo, the Group Managing Director of Yinka Folayiwo, and Mali’s Mossadeck Bally, the founder and President of the Azalai hotels group, the first African hotel chain in West Africa.

Dr. Yusuf Hamied, the Chairman of Cipla Ltd, was recently awarded the CNN – IBN Indian of the Year 2012 in the business category. Dr Hamid was awarded for his tireless and long standing contribution towards the Pharmaceutical Industry in India and for making essential medicines more affordable to the masses in developing countries.

Dr. Hamied has been actively involved with the pharmaceutical industry particularly, Cipla Ltd, the world’s largest manufacturer of generic antiretroviral drugs for over the past 50 years. He has played a significant role in ensuring that developing nations across the world become more self-sufficient and self-reliant in addressing their own health needs. Under Dr. Hamied’s stewardship Cipla has changed the landscape in the global pharmaceutical industry, building up an enviable reputation for Quality, Reliability and Sustainability of production. Cipla was established back in 1935 and during its 77 year legacy it has been able to set up 34 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities approved by the major international regulatory agencies.

Cipla Ltd has a history of achievements and innovation and it is of no surprise that in Uganda they decided to set up a joint venture Quality Chemicals Limited (QCL) a company that shares a similar vision for making essential medicines affordable to its people, as well as becoming a centre for manufacturing excellence with the highest quality standards. The joint venture between the two companies led to the creation of Quality Chemical Industries Limited (QCIL) in 2005, with the state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility based in Luzira, being officially commissioned in 2007. QCIL has the highest levels of Quality standards and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and it was pre-qualified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for both plant and product in 2010 as an additional contract manufacturing site for Cipla Ltd. QCIL was again inspected by the World Health organisation in late 2012 and passed with flying colours.

QCIL has been recognized both locally and on the African continent for the various achievements it has attained in impacting on the business and health sectors in Africa. In 2012 the Ministry of Health in Uganda recognized QCIL for its outstanding contribution to the development of the pharmaceutical industry in the country. On the continental scene, QCIL attained the 2012 African Business Leadership Award (ABLA) of the year, a highly prestigious award that is organised by the African Development Bank. In the same year QCIL went a step further by attaining the Africa Award for Entrepreneurship where the company won the biggest category of ‘Transformational business of the year’. This event was held in Accra, Ghana and was organised by the African Leadership Network (ALN) which is a premier community of young dynamic and influential leaders in Africa.


Quality Chemical Industries Ltd (QCIL) emerged as the winner in the biggest category of Transformational Business of the year in the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. The function was dubbed ‘Africa’s Oscars of Business and took place on the 11th of October at a colourful ceremony at Ghana’s State House in Accra.

This award comes on the back of recent continental awards that have recognised QCIL such as the Africa Development Bank Business Leadership Award, 2012 which QCIL won as well as being finalists for the Ernst & Young East Africa Enterprise of the year (2011). QCIL is committed to addressing the critical health needs of Africans as well as attaining the highest quality standards and being viewed as a centre of manufacturing excellence in Africa.

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