4th – 5th April 2019, Brussels, Belgium – International Quality infrastructure Forum – QI for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ARSO Officials, Secretary General (left), Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana and ARSO President Dr. Eve Gadzikwa, attended the International Quality Infrastructure Forum organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO, together with the African Union and the and the Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA) to discuss the Contributions of Quality Infrastructure to Sustainable Development and the 2030 SDGs.  The Forum focused on best practices of quality infrastructure for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and analysed how sustainability standards can help the private sector achieve the SDGs. The Forum brought together representatives of international quality infrastructure governance bodies and practitioners, and combined interventions by policymakers, technical experts, private sector and developmental partners. “ARSO Sustainability Standards : ARS/AES 01: Agriculture –  sustainable production, processing and trading of agricultural products; ARS/AES 02: Fisheries – sustainable harvesting of fish as well as addressing the Ecosystem issues; ARS/AES 03: Forestry- sustainable management of forests; ARS/AES 04: Tourism – sustainable management of  tourism, while promoting Eco Tourism and environmental conservation.

The forum also held an interactive workshop on Good Practice in Quality Policy Development on 05 April. Under the auspices of PAQI, the African Standardisation stakeholders are currently holding consultative meetings in all African regions (RECs) on the development of the African Quality Policy, as per the African Union Summit decisions in the Abuja Treaty of 1991.

June 27, 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – ARSO Secretary General, Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, far left, participating at the AFCFTA Regional Forum, on the need for a Continental Pharmaceutical Industry. There is a call for the continent to increase manufacturing of pharmaceutical products and end over dependence on imported medicines. 80% – 90 % of Africans depend on traditional medicine (ATM) for their primary healthcare,  due to their accessible, affordable and cultural acceptance and effectiveness (
WHO, 2003)
. The WHO ATM Strategy 2014-2023, urges for better regulation of the Sector. ARSO Programme on standards and Conformity Assessment Procedures on ATM promotes quality and safety of African Traditional Medicine, as well as research.
20th June 2019 – Nairobi, Kenya
– Dr. Eve Gadzikwa, then ARSO President
, is handing over the ARSO Presidency (for the 2019-2022 term of office) to Mr. BOOTO à NGON Charles at the 25th ARSO General Assembly events, on 20th June 2019, at the Panari Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
17th April 2019, Nairobi, Kenya – Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, joined African Policy Makers at the Afro-Champions Forum, addressed by H.E, Hon. Raila Odinga, AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development. Intra-Africa trade at 16%, compares unfavourably with Europe, 68%, North America, 37% and Latin America at 20%, and Technical Trade Barriers and poor Infrastructure (Quality Infrastructure), are part of the challenges.
17th April 2019, Yaoundé, Cameroon – Dr. Nsengimana and Mr. Booto, left, in talks with Mr. Gabriel Dodo Ndoke, Cameroon Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological development on the role of ARSO in Africa. The Secretary General also held talks with Mr. Luc Magloire MBARGA ATANGANA, Cameroon Minister of Trade.
4th – 5th April 2019, – Brussels, Belgium – Dr. Eve Gadzikwa, then ARSO President addressing delegates at the International Quality Infrastructure Forum, in which the need for effective Quality Infrastructure and Quality Policy was highlighted as a priority for the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 SDGs in Africa.
20th June 209 – Nairobi, Kenya –  ARSO Officials, Mr. Booto, Dr. Gadzikwa, Marobela Masego (Vice President) and Dr. Nsengimana, in a meeting with the ISO Secretary General, Sergio MUJICA and the ISO President Elect, Mr. Edward Njoroge on greater cooperation within the opportunities in the AfCFTA provided by the AfCFTA Agreement and ISO initiatives on Sustainable development Goals.
20th June 209 – Nairobi, Kenya – ARSO Officials, Dr. Gadzikwa and Dr. Nsengimana), at the signing ceremony of an Agreement of Cooperation with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) represented by Alexandra Gaspari, Programme Coordinator/ITU.
21st June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya – Dr. Nsengimana after holding talks with holds SAC, at the sidelines of 25th ARSO General Assembly at Panari, Hotel on the potential areas of ARSO-SAC cooperation including Action Plan of Standard Connectivity on Building the Belt and Road (2018-2020).
20th June 209 – Nairobi, Kenya – ARSO Officials, Dr. Gadzikwa and Dr. Nsengimana at the signing ceremony of an MoU with the GSO Secretary General, HE. Saud Al- Khusaibi (centre), during the ARSO Week, at Panari Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.