"This is a synthesis report of the proceedings of the East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development which took place in Jinja-Uganda from the 28th -29th June 2006. The Conference brought together senior level officials from the national IPR offices, research and academic institutions,national planning and investment authorities and practicing IPR lawyers. The overarching objective of the Conference was to provide a platform for stakeholders to engage in a mutual dialogue on the role of intellectual property rights in stimulating science and technology innovation, technology development and technology transfer within the East African Community (EAC). The Conference also provided a rare opportunity for IPR practitioners from the three EAC States to engage in a dialogue on practical steps necessary for operationalizing the relevant provisions of the Treaty Establishing the EAC."