Ugan­dan firms re­minded on lift­ing stan­dards

East African Business Week - - NEWS - BY SA­MUEL NABWIISO

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.

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