On behalf of URSB and on my own behalf, let me take this opportunity to thank you for honoring our invitation to participate in this training and for your support during the discussion, passing, and launch of the Policy. URSB is truly grateful.
Your contribution to the realization of the objectives of the National IP Policy 2019 is very key and we commit to continue providing the necessary knowledge to all the stakeholders during the implementation process.
Development and commercialization of Intellectual property require robust efforts in harnessing of ideas in education and research institutions, protection and enforcement of rights in the country and at the border, capacity building for relevant institutions, and consistent sensitization of Uganda’s citizens in all sectors of the creativity, innovation, and business value chains; it is not possible for one agency or Ministry is however willing to implement the policy alone.
URSB is therefore relying on your support to make the objectives in the policy a reality. So far, your efforts are very promising in this regard, even before the passing of the policy, collaborations with your MDA’s were yielding some good results and we are confident that efforts will get even more enhanced with the policy in place.
As you may recall, the Cabinet approved and passed the National Intellectual Property Policy in May 2019 and it was officially launched by the President in September 2020. The next step which is also the most important is to strategize and implement; this training is aimed at providing the necessary direction in that regard.
URSB encourages members present to actively participate in order to have a clear understanding of their roles and how they can begin implementing them as soon as possible.
Ladies and gentlemen, the transformation of the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country as envisaged by the policy will depend largely on how fast Uganda can harness, protect and utilize intellectual property in a manner that encourages innovation and creativity. As a committee in charge of implementing the policy; this depends largely on the interventions we begin to undertake from now on; let us, therefore, commit to succeed knowing that if we don’t, our prosperity as a country is at stake.
Once again, I thank you for taking the time off your busy schedules for this training and I wish you fruitful deliberations.
For God and my Country.