In the pipeline and the Next ARSO Newsletter Issue – April – June 2019

14 May – Friday, 17 May 2019 – ARSO-ANSI Collaboration in the harmonisation of ISO 30500 and ISO 24521 as African standards.

ARSO is collaborating with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the harmonisation of ISO 30500 and ISO 24521 as African standards. The first meeting has been scheduled for 14 May – Friday, 17 May 2019, at the Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. A second meeting is schedule for July 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The purpose of the 14 May – Friday, 17 May 2019 meeting is to facilitate a review of both ISO 30500, non-sewered sanitation solutions and ISO 24521, guidelines for the management of basic on-site domestic wastewater services.  108 Experts from (the NSBs and the Industry) of 31 African countries (Algeria, Botswana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana , Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia , Libya , Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia , Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal , South Africa                , South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda , Zambia, Zanzibar , Zimbabwe are expected to participate. Last year,  on 13th – 14th September 2018, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar, Senegal, ARSO, jointly with the African Water Association (AfWA)and ANSI held a Regional African Workshop on the “Reinvented Toilet Standard National Recognition/ISO 30500, and attended by Water and Sanitation experts from ARSO members (Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Libya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, The Kingdom of Eswatini, Uganda, Zambia, and Zanzibar.

June 2019 – African Standardization Strategy for the 4th Industrial Revolution – ARSO – IEEE COLLABORATION

ARSO is collaborating with IEEE on institutional coordination regarding an African Standardization Strategy for the 4th Industrial Revolution under the IEEE-SA Industry Connections Project. ARSO President, Dr. Eve Gadzikwa is the Chair of this joint initiative, with Smart Africa, the Vice Chair as represented by Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Director of Technology and Innovation. Initial activities focus on developing a strategy and roadmap, plus potential pilots and related capacity building activities. ARSO is, also, currently collaborating with the IEEE in the deployment of Embedded Computing for Internet of Thing (IoT) Systems IEEE Blended Learning Program (IBLP-IOT-01). The course covers the basic functionality of any embedded system. Last Year on 2nd October 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, ARSO in collaboration with IEEE, under the IEEE-SA Standards Exchange Fellowship program,  held an IEEE-ARSO Standards Summit on the “Role of standards in facilitating innovation while addressing problems that expand beyond technical solutions to addressing ethics and values” and engaged in dialogue on how standardization can support innovation and what ethical considerations are important to ensure technology can bring a positive socio-economic impact.

Developing a Common Regulatory Framework for Africa’s Automative Sector

ARSO in collaboration with Afrexinmbank has initiated Africa’s standards harmonisation for the Africa’s motor vehicle industry, this initiative is important on the basis of the following recommendations for a common regulatory Framework:.

  • A report of the UN Environment (2018) for the AFRICA CLEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018 Workshop held on 12-16 March 2018, at the UN Environment Headquarters- Nairobi, Kenya, highlights that Africa is undergoing a mobility revolution spurred by rapid urbanization and rising population, significant economic and technological growth, as well as increasing rates of motorization..
  • The Report of the 12-16 March 2018, at the  UN Environment Headquarters- Nairobi, Kenya, with delegates, mainly from from government agencies responsible for transport, environment, energy and finance; donor partners, oil and vehicle industry, the academia, civil society, media, the East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, from forty-two (42) African countries (Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).

17th -21st June 2019 – 25th ARSO General Assembly Events:

The 25th ARSO General Assembly events are scheduled to take place ion 18th – 22nd June 2019 under the theme “The Role of Quality Infrastructure within a Free Trade Area”. The events include:

  1. 60th ARSO Council and the 3rd ARSO Champions meeting – 17th – 18th (Monday-Tuesday) June 2019 (ARSO Council and Champions members only).
  2. One day forum for the Africa Day of Standardisation and the Opening of the 25th ARSO General Assembly Events – 19th (Wednesday) June 2019 (all invited members and stakeholders).
  3. One day Meeting for the 25th ARSO General Assembly – 20th (Thursday) June 2019(all invited members and stakeholders).
  4. Industrial visits and other related social events organised by the Host – 21st (Friday) June 2019 (all invited members and stakeholders).
  5. The Made in Africa Expo to run concurrently with the events from 17th – 21st (Monday – Thursday) (June 2019.

The ARSO President Elect, BOOTO à NGON Charles, Directeur General
Agence des Normes et de la Qualité (ANOR) to be inaugurated as the 14th ARSO President, for the 2019-2022 Term of Office.