UGANDA – The Uganda Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has announced the appointment of James Nkamwesiga Kasigwa as its new Executive Director, effective May 2024.  

Kasigwa assumes the role, succeeding Dr. David Livingstone Ebiru, who was dismissed from the position in July last year. 

With over two decades of experience in leadership and strategic management across multinational corporations, as well as the public and private sectors, Kasigwa brings a wealth of expertise in science, technology, innovation, standards, and infrastructure to his new role.  

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunication from London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in business administration from ESAMI. 

Prior to his appointment, Kasigwa served as the Director of Science, Technology, Innovation, Regulation, and Biosafety at the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, as well as the Commissioner for ICT Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance. 

In a statement, UNBS expressed confidence in his ability stating, “The National Standards Council, Management, and Staff of UNBS congratulate and welcome Eng. James N. Kasigwa as its 5th Executive Director and looks forward to his dedicated service and stewardship of the UNBS’ strategic agenda during his term in office.” 

UNBS is a government agency mandated to develop, promote, and enforce national standards, plays a crucial role in safeguarding public health, safety, and the environment from harmful and substandard products while ensuring fair trade practices. 

Through its efforts, UNBS contributes significantly to Uganda’s economic growth by promoting the application of standards in industries, enhancing exports within the region, and promoting import substitution. 

Furthermore, UNBS offers management systems certification to organizations striving to demonstrate their commitment to quality, security, environment, and food safety management.  

In the previous fiscal year, UNBS issued thirty-three systems certificates, indicating a growing commitment from organizations to adhere to high-quality standards. 

Moreover, UNBS provides essential support to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through various services, including gap analysis, tailored workshops, technical guidance, product development, testing, and certification. 

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