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UNBS signs MoU with USAID to boost MSME Certification

  7th October , 2021


The Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products, services and systems has been boosted.

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNBS and USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (IAM) Activity.

The MoU aims at;

During the MoU signing, the UNBS Deputy Executive Director in charge of Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu noted that MSMES are a crucial engine of Uganda’s economy, thus the need to harness their  opportunities through  technical support to enable them comply with the relevant standards requirements and enrolment  on the UNBS certification scheme.

“Many MSMEs have been affected by COVID-19 but we are trying to see how we can boost quality and standards awareness among them. We need to get people to understand why standards are important. We need them to appreciate standards to unlock their potential to access both national and regional markets.” Said Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu.

She further called for MSMEs to work through associations for easy access of the support from UNBS.

The Chief of Party of the USAID FtF Uganda IAM Activity, Mr. Collins Apuoyo, revealed that their wish is to see more MSMEs acquire UNBS certification.

“We believe that creating a good relationship between UNBS and MSMEs goes a long way in strengthening service delivery. We also believe that this MoU will fulfil our vision of enrolling  more MSMEs for UNBS certification.” Said Mr. Collins Apuoyo.

The activity seeks to increase incomes and improve the livelihood of households through agriculture-led inclusive economic growth in 38 districts in Northern, Eastern and Western Uganda, through a market development approach, which capacitates local actors especially the public and private sectors to upgrade practices and technologies required to increase productivity and profitability.

The partnership  comes at a time when UNBS has embarked on supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the entire private sector to improve their products, services and systems to promote Buy Uganda Build Uganda in the country and internationally through:.

About UNBS

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a Government Agency responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing of national standards in the protection of Public Health and Safety, and the Environment against harmful and sub-standard products.

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards,

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P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda.

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