Weekly Update 10th to 14th August 2020

UNBS rolls out simplified guidelines in local languages

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified standards awareness campaigns amongst the farmers to improve the quality of their produce. UNBS has kicked off phase 2 of the Commonwealth Standards Network project, with translation of the simplified guidelines to more languages like Lugwere, Lukonzo, Kumam for rice guidelines and Lusoga, Lukonzo, Kumam, Lugwere, Runyankole for soybeans. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11292

UNBS rolls out simplified Standards guidelines for SMEs

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified standards awareness campaigns amongst Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products. UNBS simplified and translated key hygiene and labelling standards; US 28 EAS 39:2002: Code of practice for hygiene in the food and drink manufacturing industry and US EAS 38:2014: Labelling of pre-packaged foods – General requirements. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11294

UNBS Unveils the First round of Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) Program to assess competence

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is conducting the first round of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program (ILC). During a stakeholder engagement meeting with laboratory owners recently, the UNBS Deputy ED in charge of Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu revealed that the First round of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program is FREE OF CHARGE. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11289

How the AfCFTA could reduce Africa’s dependency on imported goods in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement is an initiative of the African Union (AU) that is geared towards creating one boundless continent-wide market potentially covering the 55 Member States of the African Union. This makes AfCFTA the world’s largest Free Trade Area (by number of participating countries) since the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1994. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11297

Uganda elected to Africa’s Standards Management Committee

UNBS Standards Development Manager, David Eboku, has been elected by the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) to the Standards Management Committee (SMC). The African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), formed in 1977, is mandated to harmonize African standards, Conformity Assessment & Procedures to reduce technical barriers to trade and promote Intra African and International Trade as well as enhance the industrialization of Africa. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11301

FARE THEE WELL STEPHEN…

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) lost one of its own staff, Mr. Senkubuge Stephen from the Imports Inspection department.

Mr. Senkubuge who joined UNBS on 2nd April 2001, has served the Bureau for over 18 years.

He passed on Tuesday morning (2:00am) at Kampala Hospital. The deceased was laid to rest on Thursday 13th August at Seeta-Bajjo.

May Stephen’s soul rest in eternal peace.