The executive director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), David Livingstone Ebiru, has stated that their present focus and priority is to support the execution of the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) program and the decentralization of standardisation services.
Ebiru made the statements during a visit to UNBS headquarters in Bweyogerere by MPs from the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry as part of its orientation into the sector.
He explained that they are encouraging all local businesses to embrace standards by offering a variety of packages, including specialized training and capacity-building programs on standardization to assist MSMEs in meeting existing safety and quality requirements.
Inadequate resources, on the other hand, remain an issue for UNBS, according to Masitula Munyaami Male, chairperson of the National Standards Council.
“UNBS has started decentralizing services outside of Kampala with the goal of bringing services closer to the people,” Male said. “However, the staffing levels and other facilities in these regional offices are not yet suitable to sustain the essential UNBS services in these areas,” Male added.
According to UNBS authorities, the organization has bought three acres of property at Mbarara Industrial Park (Kakyeka) and five acres of land in SINO Mbale Industrial Park to develop superior infrastructure.
The MPs praised UNBS for its efforts to safeguard consumers and promote fair trade.