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.