Under the theme; Achieving Uganda’s National Development Plan(NDP) III Goals; How Intellectual Property, Digital Trade, and the fourth industrial revolution can Facilitate an Inclusive and Robust Digital Economy, the symposium is slated to take place on the 20th and the 21st of October 2022 at the National ICT Innovation Hub Nakawa.
The symposium seeks to facilitate a dialogue between policymakers and members of different
industries who have an integral role to play in the acceleration of Uganda toward a robust digital
economy. Particularly, the symposium shall serve as an avenue through which those empowered to implement the digital transformation program can consult with stakeholders on key issues related to the program.
The two days event shall address the role of the digital transformation program in the EAC regional integration and the opportunities it holds for Uganda’s economy as well as the creation of a regional digital economy.
“It also seeks to give policymakers direction on how best to implement IP into policy and have
meaningful results. The desired result is availing policymakers with valuable insight into how IP can be used to realize the objectives of NDP IlI as well as how policy can support digital trade and technologies to lead to economic growth. Lastly, the symposium aims to sensitize the public about the financial benefits of IP in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era,” reads part of the statement.
According to a statement released by KTA advocates, the Symposium convened together with the UNCDF will consist of panel discussions, plenary sessions, break-out sessions, presentations, and speeches by government officials, civil society organizations academics, trailblazers in the
technology industry, business entrepreneurs, and representatives from industry organizations,
research institutions, business associations and development partner organizations all of who play a key role in creating and influencing policy and the economy.
“The plenary sessions will allow different makers and creators, the government, academics, and other relevant sectors to discuss key issues, giving informed opinions on the processes of enhancing innovation for social economic transformation. The break-out sessions will allow for more in-depth and technical analysis of salient issues arising from the thematic focus of the conference,” reads part of the statement.
The symposium conveners UNCDF and KTA shall host an exhibition for startups and entrepreneurs to showcase and market their innovations and products. Among the exhibition, Uganda Registrations Services Bureau shall disseminate information about trademark registration and shall offer discounted trademark application services and post-registration trademark maintenance.
KTA Advocates is partnering with Uganda Law Society, East African Law Society and Next Media to put on the 5th edition of the symposium.