The Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija has appealed to Ugandans to seek knowledge and innovation in order to grow the economy and develop the country.
Making opening remarks at the First Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property, Technology and Innovation in Kampala, Kasaija said a country that doesn't innovate, especially in science and technology, is a lost country.
Kasaija appealed to Ugandans to emulate the United States of America and China where there is a discovery of something new every day. The minister particularly appealed to young people to make innovation their stock in trade.
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Kasaija wondered why young Ugandans are not as innovative as the older citizens were, before appealing to Ugandans of all walks of life to think of new ways of doing things I order to grow the economy faster.
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Minister Kasaija said with innovations and abundant resources Uganda should not be talking of poor people because the country simply has it all. Justice Patrick Tabaro, who trail blazed the promotion of intellectual property rights in Uganda asked the government to make the benefits available for the good of the country.
Simon Kinobe, the President of Uganda Law Society, said digital economy is the in thing and there is a need to harness innovations in the area for the good of the country. The symposium, which is ongoing at Kampala Serena Hotel, is organized by KTA Advocates, a law firm that specializes in technology, media, telecommunications, intellectual property and construction law.
The symposium is being held under the theme “knowledge and Innovation for Uganda's Transformation”.