The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS),executive director, David Livingstone Ebiru has said that supporting the implementation of the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) programme and decentralisation of standardisation services is their focus and current priority.
Ebiru made the remarks during the visit of MPs on the Committee of Tourism, Trade and Industry to UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, as part of their orientation into the sector.
He explained that they are encouraging all local enterprises to embrace standards through numerous packages including specialised training and capacity building programs on standardisation to help MSMEs comply with existing safety and quality requirements.
Inadequate resources however, remains a challenge for UNBS according to the chairperson of the National Standards Council, Masitula Munyaami Male.
“UNBS has commenced on decentralisation of services to different parts of the country outside Kampala, with an aim of taking services closer to the people however, the staffing levels and other facilities in these regional offices are not yet adequate to support the required UNBS services in these areas,” said Male.
So far, UNBS has acquired three acres of land in Mbarara Industrial Park (Kakyeka) and five acres of land at SINO Mbale Industrial Park to establish quality infrastructure, according to the officials.
The MPs commended UNBS for its strides in the ensuring consumer protection and fair trade.