The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has encouraged legislators to tour the exhibition stalls and support the innovators during the Science, Technology and Innovation Week, which is being hosted at Parliament.
Several local innovators, who include but are not limited to food processors, engineers and animation artists, are at the exhibition organized by the Parliament Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation.
During her communication to the House today, Kadaga said that Ugandans had such great talent that needs to be identified and funded.
“We are cheating these Ugandan innovators by failing to fund them. All the innovators in the exhibition are waiting for financial resources but they don’t know where to find them. Let us support them by including innovation money into the national budget,” she said.
The Chairperson of the Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Fred Bwino Kyakulaga (NRM, Kigulu North) reassured the exhibitors that they were aware of intellectual theft, but referred them to the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB), which he said was around to help them register their innovations.
“URSB is here at the exhibition and will provide important information to you as innovators on the need to protect your intellectual property rights from intellectual thieves and pirates,” he said.
Parliament is hosting the Science, Technology and Innovation Exhibition Week from 10 – 14 December 2018 under the theme ‘Transforming the country through Ugandan innovations”.