The South Sudan National Parliament yesterday passed the National Bureau of Standards Bill into its third reading after debating with most parliamentarians expressing the need to have the bill passed into law soon.
The Bill was presented by Henry Dilah Odwar, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee of Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry after which it was passed into its third reading by the August House unanimously.
The Committee will observe the bill again based on the additions and subtractions deliberated by the MPs and report to parliament next week for its final legislation.
“The debate is here terminated and the document is passed for the third reading. So Hon. Odwar I hope you will be ready to bring the bill back next Monday,” ruled the Speaker Hon. James Wani Igga.
If passed into law, the National Bureau of Standards Bill strategically enables South Sudan to monitor and control the quality of imported goods and services and also internally produced goods.
According to Odwar, it has been a great challenge for the country to ensure the standard of goods and services imported from abroad and internally produced goods due to lack of mechanisms as a result the absence of laws and regulations.
Odwar added that the country currently uses the Republic of Sudan’s quality control laws. However, it is still a challenge as there are no set up institutions legally empowered and have facilities to ensure standardization in the country.
South Sudan Meteorological Organization, (SSMO) and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Investment are the only institutions involved in ensuring standards. However, they lack adequate facilities and powers according to Odwar.
“The challenge is that we only have two laboratories, that of SSMO and the Ministry of Commerce. However, these laboratories sometimes lack proper chemicals to analyse these goods,” said Odwar.
The bill is expected to stop substandard goods from circulating and it will ensure standard supply of basic goods such as water, food and shall monitor the scale of commodities like construction materials among others in the country.