Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Mr. Bemanya Twebaze to represent Uganda as President, Paris Union Assembly
KAMPALA - 5th October 2017

Uganda Registration Services Bureau Registrar General, Mr. Bemanya Twebaze has been elected the President of the Paris Union Assembly, during the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), 57th General Assembly which is currently ongoing in Geneva, Switzerland. He will be assisted by Mr. Shen Changyu from China (Vice President) and Mr Maximiliano Santa Cruz from Chile (Vice- Chair).

Mr Twebaze’s election comes at a time when Uganda is bolstering its operations in improving and enhancing innovation and creativity for economic growth geared towards using intellectual property as a tool for development and support to national objectives.

It also comes at a time when URSB, together with other stakeholders has successfully drafted the National Intellectual Property Policy that will; when approved by Government be a landmark in the IP development agenda in the country.

In his acceptance speech after the election, Mr Twebaze said the milestone was the first in the history of Uganda. “This is a reflection of the positive steps taken by Uganda in supporting innovation and creativity for economic growth and I commit to serve diligently to achieve the objectives of the Union” he said adding a resounding call to all member states to make use of all the available opportunities within the framework of the Union that are geared towards using intellectual property as a tool for development.

Uganda’s Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs also Head of the Ugandan Delegation to Geneva, Maj.Gen (Rtd). Kahinda Otafiire appreciated the unwavering support provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to Uganda Registration Services Bureau in areas of automation of the Intellectual Property Administration Systems and establishing Technology Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in Institutions of Higher Learning.

Currently 12 TISCs have been established in different higher institutions of learning with a hope to establish more. He also further noted the support both technical and financial extended to Uganda in formulating of the ongoing National Intellectual Property Policy.

The Minister also called upon WIPO to extend technical support to the protection of traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and associated genetic resources. Uganda is committed to using creativity and innovation to address several challenges that face our country such as poverty, unemployment and provide lasting solutions to our economic development” he said.

During the course of the Assemblies, Uganda will continue to engage its cooperation with partners to promote and develop intellectual property services in the Country towards supporting the national development goals.

Uganda is currently participating in the World Intellectual Property Organizations’ (WIPO) 57th General Assemblies in Geneva, Switzerland which kicked off on the 2nd to 11th October. The WIPO Assembly is a series of meetings of the main policy and decision making bodies of WIPO namely the General Assembly and the Coordination Committee. Over twenty Assemblies of various Treaties and Unions of WIPO meet during this period. These meetings bring together WIPO’s member states and observers, allowing them to take stock of the progress in the Organization’s work and to discuss future policy directions. The detailed discussions take place in the standing committees, working groups and technical committees which normally meet at different times of the year and report on their activities during the WIPO Assemblies.

Who is Bemanya Twebaze?
Mr.Twebaze is the Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau is also the Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). He holds a Bachelors of Law from MUK and an MBA from Esami and is also a Harvard Kennedy School. He appreciated the member states for electing him the President of the Paris Union Assembly.

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