By Gloria Nakajubi
The ministry of trade, industry and cooperatives has adopted the whistleblowing strategy to help it fight against counterfeit and harmful products on the market.
It is doing this through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
The strategy will be based on a voluntary system where the public will be encouraged to give out any information concerning traders or manufacturers dealing in questionable, harmful or adulterated products.
This was revealed during a stakeholders meeting for the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP), a project intended to improve trade in the country.
Deogratius Kamweya, project manager QUISP pointed out that the new move will help the ministry to battle against counterfeit products as the public is in a better position to identify people dealing in such products “since they directly engage with them”.
There is need to sensitize the population on the basic standards of products, he added, and what to look out for before purchasing particular products so as to tell the genuine from fake ones.
“The motivation for this may not be financial gain to the whistleblower but the fact that it will lead to ensuring quality products on the market is worth investing in,” said Kamweya.
This will be part of the five-year broad QUISP implementation strategy being funded by Trademark East Africa.