The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and their South Sudan counterparts recently signed a memorandum of understanding to monitor and ensure high standards of goods in transit between the two countries.
The MOU signed on Wednesday May 10 by Dr Ben Manyindo, the executive director UNBS and Dr Mary Gordon Muortat, the executive director of the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS), signals a commitment by the two bodies to work together on issues of standardization and conformity assessment (testing, certification and inspection), metrology, calibration and training.
This will be done through development of direct relationships between the two bodies, ensuring standardization assessment, joint training programs and exchange of information among other methods.
IMPROVEMENT IN TRADE
According to Manyindo, the partnership is set to increase trade between the two countries by ensuring that only standard commodities are on the market as a way of protecting consumers.
“We are looking at citizens in both countries to ensure that they receive high-quality products. We are going to ensure that the goods that cross the border are certified and that we sensitize our masses to embrace this new development,” Manyindo said during the signing at the UNBS offices in Bweyogerere.
South Sudan is Uganda’s biggest trading partner with annual export revenue of over $358 million as per the 2014 data from the ministry of Trade, with monthly income of about $28.4 million.