Manufacturers have challenged the Ugandan government to come up with internationally recognized standards for goods made in the country.
The call was made during a dialogue between the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives, manufacturers and Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
During the dialogue attended by Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde, Roofings company business development manager Stuart Mwesigwa brought up the concern.
Mwesigwa said that the roofings company had tried to expand its business beyond Ugandan borders but had been turned down by companies they tried to partner with because their products do not conform to an internationally recognised standard.
Mwesigwa said this is frustrating as their products bear the Uganda ISO mark that denote their high quality. Only 65 companies conform to ISO standards.
However, UNBS Executive Director Ben Manyindo argued that there may be other underlying factors responsible for Ugandan products with the ISO mark failing to meet international standards.
The secretary general of ISO Sergio Mujica added his voice that the Ugandan government needs to formulate national standards. Mujica said the standards formulated need to address the challenges of the various sectors.