Promoting the use of quality infrastructure and standards in all production sectors so as to improve Uganda’s competitiveness

 

Introduction

The Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI) is desirous of establishing an institutional framework for the cross-cutting area of Standards and Quality Infrastructure. Consequently, the Ministry with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has developed a five year comprehensive programme, the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) to support this process. The programme seeks to develop a market-driven, holistic and coordinated institutional framework for the Ugandan Quality Infrastructure and Standards; which supports trade, industry, health, safety, consumer protection and a sustainable environment while at the same time promoting use of best practices in the production and service sectors.

The market-oriented Standards and Quality Infrastructure in this context should be understood in the most general terms, dealing with trade markets, with buyers and sellers, producers and consumers, but also with service markets, with public and private service providers and their clients.

Overall Objective: The Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) is a five year Government of Uganda Programme. The overall programme objective is to: promote the use of quality infrastructure and standards so as to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s products, processes and service delivery systems in domestic, regional and international markets.

Specific objectives: The attainment of the programme’s overall objective will be guided by aiming at achieving specific programme objectives. These will form the basis for the implementation of the programme activities and delivery of the expected outputs, upon which the programme performance should be evaluated. Specifically, the programme will focus on achieving the following specific objectives;

  1. To develop a policy for Standardisation and review strategies for policy implementation

  2. To develop a comprehensive and effective legal framework for the implementation and enforcement of standards and quality control measures.

  3. To establish an effective coordination mechanism with clearly defined mandates and responsibilities for the different actors in the Standards and Quality area

  4. To rationalize the institutional set up of service providers for standards development, conformity assessment and measurement services

  5. To enhance public awareness on standards and quality products and best practises.

Programme outcomes: The expected outcomes from overall implementation of the programme are;

  • Guidelines on principles and priorities for the Standards and Quality Area ( C 1)

  • A well established and legally backed Standards and Quality Infrastructure (C 2)

  • A sector-wide Standards forum (C3)

  • Streamlined institutional set up with clear mandates and responsibilities (C 3)

  • Market-driven standardisation, conformity assessment and measurement services according to international best practices ( C 4)

  • Higher use of standards in the sustainable development of Uganda (C 5)

  • Increased knowledge in private and public sectors about standard and quality products and services according to international best practices (C 5)

  • Increased knowledge of the roles of standards and quality products and services to market competitiveness among the producers

  • Students with good insight in and understanding of the roles standards and quality play in the development (C 5)

Each component has its own defined component objectives and expected outcomes.

Programme Structure and Expected Outputs: This programme is structured in five components and is based on priorities set by stakeholders from the private, public and development partners through a consultative process which was held in December 2008.

To achieve the programme objective and programme outcomes, the following programme outputs are expected:

  • A National Standards and Quality Policy (C 1) Read: NSQP POLICY

  • A National Standards and Quality Strategy (C 1)

  • A National SPS Policy (C1)

  • Relevant legislation enacted (C 2)

  • Sector wide coordination modalities and rationalized, delineated mandates (C 3)

  • A National Standards and Quality Forum (C 3)

  • Inventories of standards and Quality service providers in Uganda (C 4)

  • A coherent resource plan (C 4)

  • A standards and quality Communication strategy (C 5)

  • Education Curricula and training materials at various education levels (C 5)

Component C 1: Standard and Quality Policy and Strategy

Aim: To develop a policy for the Standards and Quality areas and review the strategies for implementing this policy

Scope of support: The component will support the Standards and Quality policy development and also the review of other relevant policies, like the SPS policy, the Accreditation policy when they are available for review. The component will also support the review of the draft Standards Strategy to make sure that this strategy supports the implementation of the Standards and Quality policy.

Component C 2: Legal and regulatory framework review.

Aim: To establish an effective legal and regulatory framework for the Standards and Quality Infrastructure and to enable legal basis for implementation of the Standards and Quality Policy and Strategy (Established by C 1)

Scope of support: The component will support the review and updating of Laws and Regulations enabling legislation and the elaboration of new Bills for identified gaps

Component C 3: Coordination of standardisation stakeholders.

Aim: To establish clear, defined mandates and responsibilities for the different actors in standardisation and establish a coordination mechanism which promotes harmonisation of aims, objectives and programmes among the stakeholders.

Scope of support: The component will support the establishment of the coordination mechanism and its cross-cutting task to cover all relevant government agencies and private sector organizations

Component C 4: Capacity development of service providers

Aim: To strengthen the rational set up of service providers concerning standards development, conformity assessment and measurement services

Scope of support: The component will support the service providers by first identifying gaps and overlap in the services and resources offered. Based on such an inventory a coherent resource plan will be developed containing capacity development activities of human as well as physical resources.

Component C 5: Awareness raising and implementation support

Aim: To encourage application of standards and use of conformity assessment and measurement services to increase competitiveness of Uganda, but also to enhance the general understanding of the roles of standards and quality in a developing economy like Uganda

Scope of support: The component will support the establishment of a communications strategy for different target groups and their implementation through different sensitisation measures. For the education sector the component will support development of curricula and training materials. The component will also support specific actions for implementation of the Standards and Quality Infrastructure including dissemination of relevant information.

Programme Implementation: The overall programme implementation is to be based on the centralised approach i.e. where the programme will be fully integrated into the main stream existing government agencies and some key private sector agencies. The programme will be implemented over a five year period. In order to achieve the intended outcomes and deliver the foreseen outputs, the programme has to undertake a number of activities for each of the respective components as detailed in this proposal. This will require concerted efforts and inputs which are reflected in the programme budget as part of the proposal. The mechanisms for the programme management and coordination are described below:

Overall control at Government of Uganda (MTIC) National Level (implementing Agency)

Policy supervision and Guidance by Steering Committee (Government, Private sector, Donors)

Coordination and Programme Management Unit to be integrated in existing Government Institutions

The Programme will be implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI) and managed by the Programme Manager in the Ministry, and the Programme Management Unit (PMU) staff. The Programme Components will be managed by Component Coordinators within an integrated PMU that will be established by the Permanent Secretary, with two offices (one at the Ministry Headquarters and another at UNBS). The Project Management Team will be supported by long and short term Technical Assistants in undertaking particular activities as identified in Annex I

Each Component of the programme has a specific plan (section 6), a budget (section 10) and a time frame. The respective component coordinators will be coordinated by a Programme Manager. To strengthen the capacity of MTIC, the project implementation will be based at the Ministry head quarters and the Permanent Secretary will appoint the Programme Manager from the existing Ministry staff in order to build the institutional capacity and ensure sustainability of the programme activities at the end of the programme period.

Project Contacts:

Programme Manager,

Programme Management Unit- QUISP,

Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industry

Plot 6/8 Parliament Avenue; Farmers House 4th Floor Quisp Office

Kampala-Uganda,

Tel: (+256) 414 314255 or 314289 or 233805

Fax (+256) 414 233802

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 QUISP NEWS

a) TRAINING ON ISO 17011 STANDARD and ISO 17021

b) SME TRAINING IN MASAKA

c) QUISP SUPPORT WTO AGREEMENT AND TBT

d) DEVELOPMENT AND HARMONISATION OF STANDARDS

e) communications strategy launch

f) Annual Quality Gala- 2011

 QUISP REPORTS

  • CODEX RESEARCH REPORT

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) through the Quality Infrastructure Programme (QUISP) provides support to Uganda’s delegates in regional and international SMCA for a to ensure effective participation and advancing national positions in these fora.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) commissioned a research study to prepare a thematic paper in areas of Food safety standards in relation to the Codex Alimentarius Commission requirements (Codex).

The study aimed at identifying and critically assessing the existing Codex standards covering the food products in Uganda and generating data on key parameters in the standards; the SMCA requirements for compliance to the standards; and suitability of such standards in industry and trade; and contributes to the domestic capacity in the trade policy analysis for preparation for various trade negotiations.Click here for the

DRAFT CODEX RESEARCH REPORT

 

  • THE NSQP POLICY

click here to read the National standards Policy :NSQP POLICY

Click here to read the :NSQIP implementation plan

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) through the Quality Infrastructure Programme (QUISP) provides support to Uganda’s delegates in regional and international SMCA for a to ensure effective participation and advancing national positions in these fora.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) commissioned a research study to prepare a thematic paper in areas of Food safety standards in relation to the Codex Alimentarius Commission requirements (Codex).

The study aimed at identifying and critically assessing the existing Codex standards covering the food products in Uganda and generating data on key parameters in the standards; the SMCA requirements for compliance to the standards; and suitability of such standards in industry and trade; and contributes to the domestic capacity in the trade policy analysis for preparation for various trade negotiations.

  • POLICY AND REGULATION WORKING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS REPORT

QUISP contracted the Quality Assurance and Management Consultants to research and develop a report on the policy and regulation working together to promote industry competitiveness. The objective of the study is to assess whether the policy and legislative framework for adoption of food safety standards and SPS requirements promotes public health and gives industry a competitive edge. Specific objectives of this report include:

  1. Assessing the level to which the proposed policy and legislative framework for food safety standards and SPS requirements promote: local and international trade; public health; consumer protection; industry promotion; animal health; provides interventions based on risk analyses; provides a framework for improving market performance in food safety through provision of industry specific information OR use of voluntary / mandatory systems of traceability which result in incentives that encourage consumers choose safe food and thus reward producers for their efforts; farm to table’ approach supported by a risk based regulatory framework; provides a framework for identifying new hazards in the food chain and taking preventive action for their proliferation.
  2. Assessing the level to which the industry has been able to comply to the food safety and SPS requirements of various export destinations;
  3. Understanding the causes of industry non-compliance to food safety standards and SPS requirements as well as the possible interventions .Click here for Policy and Regulation Working Together to Promote Competitiveness Report
  • SMCA FINAL REPORT

An initial baseline study commissioned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) established that Standards, Metrology, Conformity Assessment and Accreditation (SMCA) service providers in Uganda are constrained by mainly the lack of accreditation, proper equipment and competent personnel required to offer these services at an internationally recognized competitive level. This capacity needs assessment provides a systematic and participatory process for identification and understanding the major capabilities and weaknesses of the existing product quality control and safety system, pinpointed areas for improvements and identified options for intervention. It will help in ensuring that any capacity development initiatives in this area are demand-driven requirements, and build on existing capabilities. Click here to read;SMCA Final Report

A survey was commissioned country wide to establish the level of knowledge and awareness for Quality Infrastructure and standards. The survey covered the entire market including manufacturers, SMEs, Students and consumers. The objective of the communication strategy is to create awareness and promote the use of quality infrastructure and standards so as to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s products, processes and service delivery systems in domestic, regional and international markets.Click here to read

  • CAPACITY ASSESSMENT

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives under the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) engaged Sunshine projects limited , management consultants to review the current capacities in Lead Agencies involved in standardization work. This study was to identify gaps and overlaps in the services offered in the standards and quality service providers and covering the quality and standards infrastructure.Click here to read

Government has over the past years formulated policies aimed at protecting the lives and health of humans, animals and plants; and improving the competitiveness of Uganda’s products. Among these is the Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) policy. MTTI chaired the task force and provided the secretariat for the SPS policy formulation process through conducting various consultations with relevant stakeholders in the publc and private sectors. The SPS Policy is aimed at creating the framework and guidelines for addressing SPS development aspects in a holistic manner; with a view to contributing to sustainable development, by providing opportunities for creating wealth through income generation and distribution, increased employment in order to enhance the competitiveness of Uganda’s agri-business sector:Click here to read the FINAL DRAFT SPS POLICY

  • QUISP LEGAL FRAMEWORK

The Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives contracted JN Kirkland And Associates and EK Consulting Group to write a report on the an assessment of the legal and policy framework for Standards and Quality Assurance Infrastructure in Uganda to provide a legal and regulatory analysis of the laws relating to standards and quality assurance in Uganda. The report is based on the personal research of the consultants, reviews of specialized literature and personal interviews with various stakeholders.

 

 QUISP EVENTS

 Uganda Export Promotion Board Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority Management Training and Advisory Centre Uganda National Bureau of Standards Uganda Industrial Research Institute