The trade and cooperatives minister Amelia Kyambadde reveals that a new law to have private standards assessment firms operate in Uganda has been passed by parliament and awaits Museveni’s signature to start full operation.
The accreditation for conformity assessment bill 2018 which was finally passed by parliament and awaits the president’s signature seeks to allow private standards assessment firms start over seeing the standards business in the country.
According to the trade minister, the new standards assessment firms will see Uganda cut on the cost it has been paying to hire foreigner from South Africa and Kenya to do the same task here.
“For just one assessment of goods or service, Uganda has been paying the expert on average, UGX.45M.” Said the minister.
But with the new law, this will have to be slashed by a half.
She further notes that among the bodie to be assessed include, UNBS, NARO, NDA, Public health laboratories, government analytical laboratories, higher institutions of learning laboratories, public hospital laboratories among others as this will help ascertain whether their assessments meet global standards levels.
If this is finally started in the country, this will reduce on time spent to clear goods at border points, reduce on rejection on Ugandan goods at global markets, cut trading costs for the private sector among others.