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ARSO Council Delegates visiting the ARSO Goodwill Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah GURIB-FAKIM, GCSK, CSK, PHD, President of the Republic of Mauritius in Mauritius on the 13th of April 2017

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Membership of Mauritius in ARSO

Within the archives at the ARSO Central Secretariat, Mauritius is one of the founding African countries of ARSO, alongside, Arabs Republic of Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Republic, Mauritius, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Haute-Volta (Burkina Faso), Malawi, Ivory Coast (Cote De’Ivoire), Uganda, Sudan, Zambia, Niger, Guinee Bissau, Sierra Leone

It is highlighted that Mr. Shyam Kumar Gujadhur, the then Director, Mauritius Standards Bureau, Ministry of Commerce & industry and later ARSO President (1995-1997), together with other NSBs Director Generals like Mr. Zawdu Felleke of Ethiopia, Dr. Fletcher Banda of Malawi, Mr. Francis Beda Maiko of Kenya, Dr. Ademola Banjo of Nigeria, Dr. Robert Oteng of Ghana, Dr. Fanad Ahmed Sobly of Egypt, M. Oyono Owono of Cameroon, Mr. Mohamed Hadi Krema of Libya, were the key players providing technical guidance on the formation of ARSO.
• It is reported, “they had a vision to get African Standardizers united and work together towards contributing to the building of the African economies through standardisation so that Africa as a continent should rise to the challenges of global economic order”.

For Mauritius the instrument of Ratification deposited with the Secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa was duly sealed and signed on 30th March 1984 by Anil K. Gayan, Minister of External Affairs, Tourism and Emigration, after Mr. Shyam Kumar Gujadhur had signed for the ARSO founding constitution at the Ghana Conference on 10th – 17th January 1977.

Since the foundation of ARSO, Mauritius, through the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) has continued to be an effective member of ARSO contributing the Annual fee of USD 8000 and with the Mauritius Experts involved ARSO Programmes:
(I) Standards harmonisation through the following ARSO Standards Technical Harmonisation Committees (ARSO THCs):
1. THC 1- Basic and General Standards
2. THC 2 – Agriculture and Food Products
3. THC 3 – Building and Civil Engineering
4. THC-4- Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy
5. THC 7 – Textiles and Leather
6. THC 8 – Transport and Communication
7. THC 9 – Environnemental Management
8. THC 11 – Quality Management Systems (as Secretary)
9. THC 13 – African Traditional Medicine

The Mauritius Bureau of Standards hosted:
• 2nd Harmonisation meeting of the ARSO THC 13 at the Flying Dodo, Bagatelle, Mauritius on from 2-6 March 2015. This was facilitated by Her Excellency, Prof. (Mrs) Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, then being a Consultant and Project leader for the ACP-EU-TBT Programme –ARSO Project.

• As a scientist Dr. Amenah Gurib-Fakim will be a key panellists at the 2017 European Development Days (EDD 2017) event organised by EU-ACP TradeCom II on June 7-8, 2017 in Brussells, in which, under the theme Standardisation for Boosting African Trade: Developing African Traditional Medicines in the Global Value Chain, ARSO will be participating. Convening the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) within the ambit of EDD 2017 underpins Africa’s burgeoning reputation as a prime investment destination and the need to tap into a huge and growing market. The lab session aims at presenting African trade initiatives. A series of key reforms are needed to enhance the development prospect of African traditional medicine market. One major intervention entails the development of standards and ARSO has published 9 standards on traditional medicine.

• 80% – 90 % of people in Africa depend on traditional medicine for their primary healthcare WHO, 2003) and the demand is growing at between 10 % to 20 % annually across the world. Several African countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are having initiatives to incorporate ATM in their healthcare systems. The ARSO THC programme is in line with the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 strategies for safety, proven quality and effectiveness through improved regulation.

And is planning to host
• THC 07 – Textiles and Leather – 8th – 10th November 2017
• THC 03 – Building and Civil Engineering – 6th – 9th June 2017.

(ii) Mauritius is also an effective member of ARSO Conformity Assessment Committee (ARSO CACO) which has the mandate of the coordination and advising ARSO on policy and technical matters concerning the ARSO Conformity Assessment Programme and activities.
(iii) Mauritius is also an effective member of ARSO Documentation and Information Network (ARSO DISNET) responsible for facilitating the exchange of Trade, Standardisation and Conformity Assessment Information among the African countries and the rest of the world.

Since 2014, Her Excellency, Prof. (Mrs) Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, Phd, and President of the Republic of Mauritius, has been ARSO Goodwill Ambassador. As the ARSO Goodwill Ambassador, Her Excellency delivered a key note address to the ARSO members, Stakeholders and Donor Community at the 22nd ARSO General Assembly meeting Highlighting the various challenges, policy issues and the way forward for Africa in Standardisation and QI.


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