JOINT PRESS RELEASE
Department of Standards Malaysia
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Between
Malaysia and the Republic of Uganda
(AUSTRALIA, 27 OCTOBER 2011) A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today at the Pan Pacific Perth, between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Uganda in the areas of standardization in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Government of Malaysia was represented by Puan Fadilah Baharin, the Director General of Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) while the Government of the Republic of Uganda was represented by Amb. James M. Mugume, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). The signing ceremony was witnessed by YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda.
This MoU is a follow up of the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) held in Putrajaya from the 18th to 21st of June 2011, whereby a technical visit was arranged between the two countries. The purpose of the MoU is to enhance trade between the two economies through recognition of the product and service standards. Through this co-operation, it is hoped that the the volume of trade between both countries will increase.
To date, Malaysia has developed 6411 Malaysian Standards (MS) which encompass products and services. Through this MoU, It is hoped that both parties will endeavor to take necessary steps to encourage and promote technical co-operation between the two countries. Furthermore, Malaysia has identified standards as enabler to reduce trade barriers between countries. This is also part of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) whereby International Standards and Liberalisation (ISL) under the Strategic Reform Initiatives (SRIs) were announced as the enablers to the New Key Economic Areas (NKEAs). ISL is lead by the Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is the National Enquiry Point on World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and sanitary and phyto-sanitary Measures (SPS) as well as the National Codex contact point. UNBS is also a member of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO)
At the regional level, UNBS is actively involved in the development and elaboration of regional standards at the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The harmonised standards and codes of practice are geared towards facilitating trade within the region.
Lastly, this MoU is an initiative by both governments to improve the quality of goods and services, as well as, improving access to international markets.
For further information about Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) please visit website : http://www.standardsmalaysia.gov.my or contact Mrs Kee Lai Sien on Tel. +603-8318 2211 ; e-mail : email@example.com