The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), with the support of the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU), has granted free product certification (Q-Mark) to over 500 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs ) which produce more than 700 products in various sectors.
This initiative is part of the Covid-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) funded by the Mastercard Foundation under the quality and standards component.
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Francis Mwebesa, thanked the PSFU for complementing the government’s effort to reduce the cost of doing business by financing more than 500 MSMEs.
He appreciated the intervention to improve the quality of locally produced products so that they can be competitive in the market, especially for export markets.
He pledged continued government support to the private sector who are key partners contributing to the economic development and transformation of the country.
David Livingstone Ebiru, Executive Director of UNBS, this is part of their interventions to subsidize the cost of product certification as one of the measures to improve the safety and quality of locally produced products and increase their access to national and international markets.
Ebiru reiterated the need for a special fund to help MSMEs certify their products for the first year so that they can meet the minimum safety and quality standards required to access markets.
He called on companies involved in any form of manufacturing and production to formalize their activities and operate in an open environment in order to benefit from available interventions aimed at supporting them to improve the quality of their products.
He urged start-up MSMEs to focus on producing one product at a time to effectively manage their quality and optimize the cost of certification.
Recipient companies have obtained UNBS Q-Mark permits for the first year and are expected to continue paying for subsequent renewals of these permits thereafter.
Steven Asiimwe, Executive Director of PSFU, assured MSMEs in emerging markets in the region and beyond that can absorb most Ugandan-made products as long as they can meet the required quality and quantity.