Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium (UBBC) is a coalition of different stakeholders ranging from policy makers, scientists, private sector leaders, civil society organisation leaders and government officers in their individual capacities as well as stakeholder agencies both public and private uni?ed for a common cause of advancing the role of biotechnology in improving livelihoods of the people in Uganda.
The consortium is a unique development and was born out of a strong need to form a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and multi-competent organisation that will bring together stakeholders around a common cause of biotech science advancement. It is a mirror re?ection of how the science of biotechnology, like ICT is applicable and/or of relevance to di?erent sectors from health, agriculture, environment, trade and industry, to social justice among others.
The Consortium was born out of the need to have a harmonised and multi-stakeholder approach to public engagement, understanding and strategic policy advocacy for the science of biotechnology. The first General Assembly of UBBC was held on 18th April 2011 in Kampala where the leadership, the Executive Committee was elected.
The 1st Executive Committee of the Consortium is chaired by Mr Erostus Nsubuga, an Agricultural Scientist who is characterized by championing many firsts in Uganda and Africa. He pioneered commercialisation of the biotechnology of tissue culture by establishing and running Uganda's first ever private tissue culture laboratory that is producing high quality banana planting materials. Mr Nsubuga was also the Chairperson of the Presidential Investors Round-table (PIRT) on Agribusiness.
Other Executive Committee members include Hon. Mutebi-Kityo, the General Secretary of Uganda National Farmers' Federation (UNFFE); Dr. Theresa Sengooba, the Regional Coordinator for the Program for Biosafety System (PBS); and Dr. Andrew Kiggundu, the Head of the National Biotechnology Centre in Uganda, among others.
It is composed of a total of 9 members all of whom are eminent Ugandans from private, public and civil society sectors that were elected into office by the Consortium General assembly held on 18th April 2011. This therefore presents the democratic foundation of the Consortium - a strong pillar on which it is built.
As proposed by the General Assembly of 18th April, a Memorandum of Understanding between the UBBC and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology was signed on 28th May 2011 and provides for the UNCST to host the Secretariat of the Consortium.
The Consortium Secretariat is therefore housed within the premises of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology on Plot 6 Kimera Road, Ntinda Kampala and is manned by a Consortium Coordinator and an administrative assistant.
The Consortium host, the UNCST handles financial and any major administrative matters of the Consortium Secretariat. The Secretariat is the focal point of all Consortium activities and is charged with among others the following: