Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI) partnered with Toyota Uganda & Total Uganda to hold the 1st ever symposium on quality assurance in vehicle maintenance industry. The event was held on 16th August 2016 at Emerald Hotel, Kampala. UNCCI invited 222 participants for the seminar and it was attended by 163 mechanics, garage owners, car-bonds and relevant government agencies.
The Minister of Works & Transport was represented by Mr. Benon Kajuna, the Director for Transportation in the Ministry. Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Uganda Revenue Authority were also represented.
UNCCI has been engaging different stakeholders in this industry on matters pertaining to quality of products traded. Genuine spare-parts and lubricants dealers are frustrated as a result of being outcompeted by cheaper sub-standard substitutes.
The purpose of the seminar therefore was to improve knowledge of stakeholders and initiate favorable working relationships among the spare-parts & lubricant suppliers, mechanics and suppliers.
Participants called for the establishment of a unifying body of the automobile maintenance industry
Several proposals were made to Toyota, Total and government to crack-down on counterfeits in the industry
Ministry of Works & Transport announced a program called SGR that would ensure mandatory testing of vehicles for road-worthiness
Participants were informed that there were existing standards for lubricants and tyres but none for auto parts as yet.
Participants also appealed to government to improve on the road network as this also has a direct impact on the life-san of auto parts.
Limited equipment and space to carry out operations
Below are some of the photos during the event