Parliament agrees to withdraw anti-counterfeiting bill

The Government Chief Whip Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa (R) & the State Minister David Bahati

Parliament on Tuesday approved the request for withdrawal of the Anti-Counterfeiting Goods Bill.

The house considered the Anti-Counterfeiting Goods Bill, 2015 after discussing the Biosafety Act which President Museveni refused to sign into law.

The Minister of State for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe, requested to withdraw the Anti-counterfeiting Goods bill, 2015 for further consultation and harmonisation which was approved.

The House also moved a motion to consider the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Bill, 2016 at its Second Reading.

The bill seeks to establish the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services as an autonomous body, to provide for its purpose and functions; to establish a Board, its composition and functions and to provide for the employees of Uganda National Health Laboratory Services.

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah deferred the debate on the bill.

The house also moved a motion for a resolution of Parliament to investigate the mismanagement of Pre-Shipment Verification Of Conformity (PVOC) by Uganda National Bureau Of Standards.

UNBS appointed JEVIC as the sole inspector of used motor vehicles imported into Uganda from Japan yet JEVIC by itself is a dealer in used motor vehicles from Japan.

The motion seeks that Parliament halts the exclusive award of the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) project to JEVIC Company as the implementer for the year 2018.

In 2008, UNBS initiated the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to (PVoC) project with the purpose of improving on the quality of imported goods, by inspecting goods imported into the country, to ensure that they conform to the mandatory standards set.

The House was adjourned to Wednesday, 10th Jan. 2018.