Kadaga asks trade ministry to decentralize UNBS services to the countryside

(Last Updated On: 25 August 2022)

Kadaga has promised to take Busoga businesswomen to DR Congo.

By Nelly Otto

JinjaAugust 25, 2022: First Deputy Prime Minister Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has asked the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to decentralize the services of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to upcountry towns in a bid to enhance service delivery.

Kadaga was speaking during a five-day Greater Busoga Women Entrepreneurs Conference and Exhibition at PMM Girls in Jinja. The conference is organized by Busoga Business Community (BBC), a consortium of women-led enterprises.

The conference under the theme: Revamping Busoga’s Economy, the Role of a Woman, attracted partners like Stanbic Bank, Centenary Bank, BRAC Uganda, Equity Bank and PDM, among others.

Kadaga was responding to a concern raised by the women entrepreneurs that they face the challenge of uncertified products because officials of UNBS are seated in their air-conditioned offices in Kampala where they simply demand samples.

“… UNBS officials must go down to the communities in upcountry cities and towns to facilitate the certification process for these grass root women…” she appealed.

The former speaker promised to write to the ministry under which the standards body falls to consider opening up regional branches countrywide to minimize the inconveniences that Ugandans encounter to seek (their) services.

Kadaga, who is also the Minister for East African Affairs, promised to take some rural businesswomen from Uganda to neighbouring DR Congo where there is a big market for Uganda’s products.

She told the women that the question of the market for their products can only be solved by initiating partnership with East African Community member states which Congo joined recently.

Promising to connect the women entrepreneurs from Busoga to other partners, Kadaga who is popularly referred to as Mama Busoga challenged them on value addition to competently compete with their counterparts elsewhere.

She also asked Jinja City Mayor Alton Peter Kasolo Okocha to secure some open space or a stadium for a monthly market where women can display and sell their products to customers.


This was in response to a concern raised by the Executive Director (ED) of Busoga Business Community Gabula Daniel Kyankone that they have severally tried to engage the City Hall for the need for a monthly market in vain.

During the same ceremony, Kadaga launched a book titled “The Noble Women in Busoga”. The book profiles several women hailing from Busoga who has made great contributions to the region and country in different fields.

Top on the list includes Kadaga herself, former VP Dr Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe as the first woman to occupy the vice presidency slot in Africa, Victoria Ssekitoleko, Lady Justices Faith Mwondha, Irene Mulyagonja, Justine Kasule Lumumba and Florence Mutyabule (Presidential Advisor on Poverty Alleviation), Dr Dorothy Kisaka (ED KCCA), among others.

The Third Deputy Prime Minister Hajjat Rukia Isanga Nakadama is expected to make a presentation on  Friday 26 August 2022 where Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja will officiate over the closing ceremony.

The UNBS is a government parastatal (body) established by an Act of Parliament under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and came into force in February 1989.

The role of the standards body is to formulate and promote the use of standards and enforce standards the in the protection of public health and safety and the environment against dangerous, counterfeit and substandard products to ensure fairness in trade and precision the in the industry through reliable measurements.

One thought on “Kadaga asks trade ministry to decentralize UNBS services to the countryside

  1. We cant wait to see the revival among women in Busoga region which will of course result into family stability, financial independence and growth and development because we are a mighty force, all the way from different villages in Busoga including mine which is Ngandho in Buyende District

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