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‘Uganda Is Lost Without ICT,’ Warns Minister Kasaija at KTA’s Inaugural ICT Symposium

Minister Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon Matia Kasaija, has called on Ugandan youths to come up with more and more ICT innovations, taking advantage of government’s commitment to support the science and technology sector.

Without advancing new technology especially science based technology, the minister warned, that the country “is lost.”

“The Americans where they are today, is because of their innovations,” he said.

“One American told me that in the US there is a new discovery every single day.”

The minister was on Wednesday opening the first symposium on intellectual property, technology and innovation.

The two day symposium at the Kampala Serena Hotel was organized by a city law firm; Karuhanga Tabaro & Associates in partnership with the Uganda Law Society.

“Digital transformation is real; you cannot fight it,” Minister Kasaija said.

“My appeal especially to young people is to continue to innovate. In whatever field you are, think of ways improving things. That will increase the country’s productivity and build our economy much faster.”

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The minister at the event, reiterated government’s commitment to reinforce technological innovations, citing a number of amendments and new laws like the Computer Misuse Act  and the Electronic Signature Act that have been put in place to provide for innovations like Agency Bank, Mobile Money and enable the use of ICT in general.

“Government is emphasizing science, not because we despise other subjects, but because science is the basic when it comes to changing the living conditions of humanity.”

Kenneth Muhangi, one of the partners at KTA.

The symposium organizers KTA said it was meant to among others help bridge the information gap especially amongst young science entrepreneurs who are unaware of the legal protections for their innovation’s, and also to address the lack of practical skills for them to compete globally.

“We saw the need to have a symposium to tackle issues to do with intellectual property and technology and how to use this to spur innovation and development,” said Kenneth Muhangi, one of the partners at KTA.

The symposium was graced various stakeholders including regulators, lawyers and ICT based businesses, as well as government officials.

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