The Trade, Industry and Cooperatives minister Ms Amelia Kyambadde, has advised local suppliers and manufacturers to produce and maintain high quality goods in order to win both local and international contracts.
Speaking at the recent Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) Quality Awards gala, at the Uganda Manufacturers Association grounds in Lugogo, Ms Kyambadde said supplying high quality products will enable suppliers to earn good reputation from procuring entities and consumers.
She said it is through production of quality goods with the recognised standard mark that locally manufactured goods can attract the regional and international market. This can as well help suppliers win international contracts that are more lucrative.
“As Trade ministry, we are committed to ensuring the supply of only high quality goods and products to the public; the reason we encourage all traders, distributors and manufactures to ensure that only high quality goods are supplied to the market,” she said. To ensure production of quality goods, traders were advised to seek guidance from the standards agency for certification of process and systems.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards operates a product quality certification scheme, as one of the services to the manufacturing sector. Under the scheme, the standards agency certifies the quality of a product and grants the manufacturer a permit to affix the UNBS quality mark either on the product itself or on the packaging. The mark is an assurance to the customer that the product conforms to Uganda standards and is of good quality.