L-R: Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda, Elioda Tumwesigye greets ICGEB Chief, Legal & Administration, Maria Luisa Fichera

ICGEB, Uganda and AICAD

In September 2023, ICGEB was in Uganda – in a move to encourage membership in the Organisation and networking opportunities with the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD).

On 28 September, Minister Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda met with Dr. Maria Luisa Fichera, ICGEB Chief Legal & Administration in Kampala, where discussions on the evident benefits of joining the organisation took place.

She also met with the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasised the institute’s strength in medicine, particularly infectious diseases, and agriculture, for crop improvement and food security. Opportunities in the field of education to be accessed through bilateral fellowships being developed between AICAD and ICGEB were also discussed.

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr. Norbert Mao, supported the discussions on membership in the ICGEB with a particular view to enhancing Outreach activities, advisory services, and programmes for women in science.

Other activities, such as regulating aspects of research and translating policies into regulations and standards were found to be common ground with the Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), of the Ministry of Research.

“I also had the opportunity to meet colleagues who had attended ICGEB training courses on regulatory aspects of biosafety,” indicated Dr. Fichera. “ICGEB champions capacity building for science professionals and skill enhancement, as well as gender balance and North-south and south-south partnerships. We look forward to fostering developments and working together.”

Senior Presidential Advisor, Odreck Rwabwogo, confirmed the country’s interest in the training activities of the Biotechnology Development Unit at ICGEB, and proposals are now being developed with AICAD for joint training and regulatory issues connected to trade, as well as for joint fellowships.

Dr. John Kinyuru, AICAD Deputy Executive Director, M.Luisa Fichera, Chief Legal and Administration ICGEB, Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Dominic Byarugaba, AICAD Executive Director and Dr. Gaston Ampe Tumuhimbise, Uganda Country Director of AICAD.
L-R: Dr. John Kinyuru, AICAD Deputy Executive Director, M.Luisa Fichera, Chief Legal and Administration ICGEB, Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Dominic Byarugaba, AICAD Executive Director and Dr. Gaston Ampe Tumuhimbise, Uganda Country Director of AICAD.