By Jumah Nsubuga
Members of parliament sitting on parliamentary committee on Tourism, Trade and industries have today grilled the minister on trade, industry and cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde over the Anti-counterfeit Bill.
The MPs who included Flavia Kabahenda, the committee chairperson ,Grace Namara (Lyantonde Woman MP) and Kenneth Lubogo, Bumamogi County among others tasked Minister Amelia to explain how far she has moved with the Anti-counterfeit Bill after withdrawing it from parliament for further scrutiny and amendments.
“In April this, the minister withdrew the Anti-counterfeit goods bill with the view of making amendments and requested for three months period , which have elapsed. We want her to tell us when she intends to recommit this bill since it directly impacts on the implementation of pre-verification on conformity” Said Hon Namara.
While answering to legislators, Minister Amelia noted that, a technical working group has been formed comprising officials from Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Uganda Registration Service Bureau and ministry of Justice and constitutional Affairs to deal with the bill.
“They are viewing the recommendations from parliament to harmonise them with the existing laws on trademarks and others. The team is expected to come up with recommendations to both the minister of Trade and minister of Justice who will thereafter advise on the way forward” Minister Amelia noted.
She also confirmed that, after doing thorough consultations on the bill than before, the bill is expected to be submitted in parliament at the end of this year.
“We want the minister to confirm to the committee that by the end of this year, the bill will be submitted before parliament because the time of three months she requested has elapsed and the bill is needed. The minister should confirm to this committee” Hon Grace Namara tasked the minister.