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Rwanda Hosts the 64th ARSO Council Meeting as part of the 26th ARSO General Assembly Events New


 

Hon. Beatha U. Habyarimana, Minister of Trade and Industry (second right), Mr Charles Booto a Ngon Charles, ARSO President (second left), Dr. Hermogène Nsengimana (left) and Mr. Murenzi Raymond (right).

 

From today June 14th-17th, 2021, Rwanda hosts the 26th African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) General Assembly events. The events include:

1. ARSO Council Meeting from 14th-15th June 2021
2. ARSO General Assembly meeting on 16th June 2021
3. Launch of Harmonized African Automotive Standards on June 17th, 2021.

Honourable Beata U. Habyarimana, Minister of Trade and Industry
presided over the official opening of the 64th ARSO Council Meeting. The Minister appreciated ARSO’s efforts in harmonizing and developing continental standards that are key in easing free movement of goods and people across the continent as countries have started boosting trade among each others under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA):

"Let us make the African dream come true: The Beginning of Trade Among the African Countries under the AfCFTA Agreement: Boosting Intra-African Trade Within the African Single Market Through “One Standard - One Test- One Certificate- Accepted Everywhere”. Hon. Minister noted.

 

Hon. Minister of Trade and Industry

 

She added that time has come to emphasize the understanding of the linkages between global trade, export competitiveness and sustainable development; and reckon that standardisation is at the forefront to enable development of mutually beneficial trade.

 

Mr Charles Booto a Ngon Charles, ARSO President


Mr Charles Booto a Ngon Charles, ARSO President called all African Union Member States to take advantages of harmonized standards and implement the African Continental Free Trade Area to mutually benefit from boosting intra-Africa trade.

 

Dr. Hermogène Nsengimana, ARSO Secretary General

 

Dr. Hermogène Nsengimana, ARSO Secretary General remarked that AfCFTA Agreement under its Annex 6 on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) recognizes standardization, conformity assessment, metrology and accreditation as one of the major building blocks and enablers for achieving development goals of the African Union and its Member States. He added that fully functional and internationally recognized quality infrastructure remains the invisible architecture and an essential pillar for Africa’s aspirations for achieving an industrialized continent under the AU 2063 Agenda.

 

Mr. Murenzi Raymond, Director General of Rwanda Standards Board


Mr. Murenzi Raymond, Director General of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) remarked:
"As standardizers, we all understand the benefits and impact harmonized standards have on promoting intra-Africa trade and free movement of goods, services and people and as an enabler and game changer for African socio economic integration."

ARSO General Assembly events comprising the already concluded ARSO Champions meeting held on 9th June 2021, the Council meeting and the ARSO General assembly to be held on 16th June 2021 as well as the launch of Harmonized African Automotive Standards on 17th June 2021 are being held under the theme: “The Beginning of Trade Among the African Countries Under the AfCFTA Agreement: Boosting Intra-African Trade Within the African Single Market Through “One Standard - One Test- One Certificate- Accepted Everywhere”.

This theme highlights the importance of the National Quality Infrastructure in Africa’s integration and sustainable development.