The 24th ARSO General Assembly events, to be hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, through the South African Bureau of Standards will be held on 18th – 22nd June 2018 at the South African Coastal City of Durban.
The events will comprise:
- The 58th ARSO Council meeting – 1st Day – 18th June 2018
- The ARSO Members Experts Capacity Building/Training/Seminar – 2nd Day – 19th June 2018
- The 6th African Day of Standardisation and Made in Africa Expo and official Opening of the 24th ARSO General Assembly Events – 3rd Day – 20th June 2018
- The 24th ARSO General Assembly – 4th Day – 21st June 2018
- Open day – ARSO Workshop/ Stakeholders Consultative Forums/Industrial Visits – 22nd June 2018. Programmes will be circulated later.
The 24th ARSO General Assembly will come after the 57th ARSO Council events which were hosted by the Government of the Republic of Sudan through THE Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organisation (SSMO) and where the ARSO members and Stakeholders engaged on round table discussions on the Strategies for ARSO Sustainability within the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022, a lecture by the Secretary General on “Role of Quality Infrastructure and Standardisation in facilitating Trade and sustainable Development within the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)” and discussions on ARSO Fund mobilisation with the Sudan Private Sector players for the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2017-2022 within the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
The ARSO President Dr. Eve Gadzikwa in her official address to the delegates highlighted the importance of ARSO and its standardisation programmes in achieving the Africa’s Industrialization Agenda and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). Dr. Gadzikwa made reference to the celebrations of the 20th November African Industrialization Day, with the 2017 theme being “African Industrial Development: A Pre-Condition for an Effective and Sustainable Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)”, which focused on the industrial challenges faced by Africa, with a special emphasis on industrial development as a foundation for the implementation of the CFTA.
Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban’s metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Durban is a very important tourist centre because of its warm subtropical climate and excellent sandy beaches. Located in the state of KwaZulu-Natal, it is also the gateway to several national parks and historic sites in Zululand and the Drakensberg Mountains. Durban is an ethnically diverse city with a cultural richness. It has a large number of people of British, Indian and Asian descent. Spread out over more than 170 stalls, the vendors here offer a range of both African and Oriental products.