Ugandan firms reminded on lifting standards
KAMPALA, UGANDA - Ugandan firms have been cautioned about complying with international standards if they are to compete on international market and also cut the costs of doing business.
“These are vital ingredients in Business because standards enhance the capacity of any business to meet customer requirements effectively and efficiently since standards support productivity and competitiveness thus lowering business risks,” Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said in speech read on his behalf by Uganda’s Minister of Trade Industries and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde during the awarding of 32 Ugandan firm which have complied with International standards Organization Management system ( (QMS) ISO 9001.
The premier noted that adhering to standards such as the ISO 9001 Strengthens the firm’s Management system particularly it helps business strengthen and optimizes their management system and the entire production chain.
QMS is set of policies and procedures required for planning and execution in the core business principles in Uganda QMS is promoted by Uganda National Bureau of Standard so that companies can self-regulate and mind on what to offer on the market both services and goods. QMS cross cuts both private sector and Government agencies which are participating in the production of goods and services for public consumption.
UNBS executive Director Dr Ben Manyindo challenged the office of the Prime Minister to support the agency when it lobbies for more support from Government and also to ensure that all Government agencies are also certified with standards such as the QMS ISO 9001.
“We urge government through the Office of the Prime Minister to require all MDAS to implement the ISO 9001 QMS as part of increased efficiency, customer focus and enhanced service delivery. UNBS has embarked on this journey and will be happy to share their experience and expertise,” Manyindo said.
Out of the thousand’s Government agencies it is only the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited which has complied with ISO 9001 Standards. The rest are firms from the private sector.