UNBS Launches an Online Verification Platform of Weighing Equipment ‘Minzani’

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has digitalised the verification and calibration of weighing equipment to increase efficiency and reduce turnaround time.

The eMinzani system is an online platform of verifying all measuring and weighing equipment and will enable UNBS technicians or inspectors extend services to all stakeholders across the country at the same rate. An electronic payment avenue has been created within the system, which will make payment for UNBS services easier, and will in turn reduce the cost of doing business.

While launching the E-Minzani Platform at Hotel Africana Kampala, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon Amelia Kyambadde, said, “e-Minzani service is in line with the electronic government (e-government) strategy of using technology to improve and transform service delivery”.

The UNBS Executive Director, Dr.Ben Manyindo said: “The UNBS eMinzani system has replaced the manual systems of record keeping, payment and verification. This will go a long way in improving efficiency, transparency, and accountability in our systems and processes.”

“Previously, verification and record keeping of clients’ verification data was done manually but the new platform will create a database that will enable easy access to information to inform decision making.” Dr. Manyindo said.

In August 2018, UNBS launched seven electronic services for certification, standards development, tracking laboratory results, the Webstore for purchasing standards, the e-rig for verification of fuel tankers, the UNBS mobile App and the online helpdesk. This has increased productivity, efficiency and turnaround time.

“Our primary role is to serve our customers wherever they are in the country and reduce the cost of doing business in Uganda. I would like to urge our clients embrace our newly automated system and to help us identify areas for continuous improvement so that it is fully implemented countrywide by 2020. Dr. Manyindo said.