Kaliro Sugar/Sugar & Allied industries limited directed by Abid Alam was started in 2011.
Its main objective was to meet regional sugar deficit and give Uganda 100% sugar self –sufficiency.
Abid is soon employing more people in different sectors in Eastern Uganda.
His intention is to reduce unemployment in the country.
His other objective is to improve the well-being of Ugandans especially in Jinja, the busiest area in Eastern Uganda.
Abid Alam’s advocacy for youth employment has been realized over the years.
He is known for giving fresh graduates a platform to grow their skills.
A mix and match of all age groups has made his businesses successful.
Like the saying goes, “The new broom sweeps cleaner but the old one knows all corners”
Abid’s selfless nature has enabled him to support the Ministry of Health by donating 100 tonnes of sugar for health workers.
About Abid Alam
Abid Alam was born in Uganda in 1960.
For primary education, he attended Shimoni Demonstration and Nakasero Primary schools.
He later went to Nairobi for his Secondary and completed school in the United States.
When he returned from the U.S. in 1980, instead of joining his family businesses, he decided to set up a construction company in Soroti district.
It’s after five years that he was appointed Alam Group Managing Director.
He has maintained that position since. He runs the company alongside his brothers.
In an interview with Dialy Monitor in 2009, he said that “one of the basic tips on managing a family business is to reward employees based on performance and this applies to family members.”
The conglomerate was started by his father Manzur Alam in 1965, who also built upon the foundations established by his father, Mehbub Alam.
Mehbub was a civil engineer who worked closely with the Buganda government and local governments.
Alam Group, which has subsidiaries in Kenya and Rwanda, employs tens of thousands of people both directly and indirectly.
For perspective, by 2009, the group had more than 2000 direct employees.