Private sector players in partnership with government are set to meet in an effort aimed at coming up with permanent solution on combating and protecting people against consumption of sub-standard products or counterfeit goods in the market.
Under their umbrella organization Stop Counterfeit Products (SCP), a civil society initiative through its patron Captain Mike Mukula, they have promised to work with other stakeholders in the country to ensure that Uganda is not turned into a dumping ground for fake products continue.
Mukula told the media ahead of the conference that will he held under the theme ‘National Risk Assessment and Combating Counterfeit and Substandard products’
“we have organized stakeholders meeting on 31st October at Sheraton Hotel where government agencies, private sector and importers traders will brainstorm on how to handle and address counterfeits in the market,” Mukula said.
He said most developed countries have turned some African countries into dumping grounds for their sub-standard products thus exposing their consumers to a high risk of being infected with cancer,” he said.
Mukula however called upon parents to be careful with electronic toys they buy for their children, as most of these have been banned from developed countries after detecting their dangers to children.
According to Uganda National; Bureau of Standards over 54% of products in the make are substandard hence putting life of Ugandan consumers at risk.
As way of addressing the challenge, Kampala City traders’ Association (KACITA) spokesperson, Isa Ssekitto asked legislators to speed the enactment of counterfeit law saying this will help monitor fake products entering the country.
Sekittohowever cautioned UNBS not only to concentrate on imports but also monitor local factories because from their findings some of the counterfeit goods are manufactured locally.
“It’s unfortunate that businessmen pay taxes before verification of their goods which leads them to losses after UNBS declares them substandard or fake,” Ssekitto said.
Godwin Muhwezi UNBS Principle Public Relations officer applauded the initiative of stakeholders in creating awareness and joining in counterfeits and fake products fight.
He said this will further support UNBS compulsory certification of products new regulation that started in July.
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