African Organisation for Standardisation

Desk of the Secretary General

ARSO Secretary General reviews the achievement of ARSO Under the 2012-2017 Strategic Framework

The Secretary General reiterated the Experts opinion that “the problem of poor Quality Infrastructure is part of the reasons for the low level integration and intra-African Trade, indicating that unless efforts are doubled to secure the Quality Infrastructure deficits in the continent, Africa will miss out in opportunities offered by globalization, Global Trade and the Integration and industrialization Agenda (including the CFTA)”. Expert opinion (UNIDO 2015, World Bank 2015, USAID 2015) demonstrate that the setting up a Quality Infrastructure System is one of the most positive and practical steps that a developing nation can take on the path forward to developing a thriving economy as a basis for prosperity, health and well-being. Read More...

THE ESSENCE OF THE 3RD AFRICAN DAY OF STANDARDISATION AND MADE IN AFRICA EXPO AS AFRICAN COUNTRIES CARRY OUT THE CELEBRATIONS

The African Day of Standardisation has been celebrated variously in many African countries since its inception in Cameroon in June 2013 under the theme “Celebrating Standardisation as a Strategic Resource to Africa’s economic integration”, the second under the theme “Standardisation as a driver for improving Africa’s Competitiveness” held in Kigali Rwanda in June 2014 and now the third under the theme "The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa." To culminate in the celebrations in August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More... | Lire Plus...

Standards and Global Trade 

In today’s multipolar world, where commerce is increasingly international and the growing economic weight of emerging economies is shifting the balance of power, international standards are essential to safeguarding consumer health and safety and stimulating national and international diversification.

The celebrations of the 2014 World Standards Day has taken place when, undeniably, the changing global trade flows have enhanced the role of standards in sustainable development by encouraging integration of national economies and trading systems into a fairer global trade regime as well as encouraging and influencing the enabling environment or the establishment of institutions at the regional and national levels. Read more...| Lire plus...

“Less waste, better results — Standards increase efficiency”: Relevance of the Theme in African Context

 The theme of this year’s World Standards Day is particularly significant in the African context. It is widely acknowledged that Africa is one of the most well-endowed continents in all aspects of resources. With this endowment, Africa should be one of the richest continents or at least should be playing a significant role in world trade. But that is not to be! Most of the operations in Africa are deeply inured with inefficiencies that block African people from gaining any meaningful benefits from their resources, investments and painful efforts. In many cases, Africans have watched as their hard earned incomes are wasted on activities that serve to prevent them from realizing their plans or at least sustaining their businesses…. Read More…

 Good will message from Dr. Nsengimana

Am delighted to convey the compliments of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) to all standards bodies and stakeholders.I appreciate the confidence that the ARSO Council and ARSO fraternity have in my ability to steer ARSO to greater success in the years to come. It is a great pleasure to serve this great organization but at the same time challenging. Thus I seek your full support, alone I may fail but together we can. Read more...

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