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26th ARSO GENERAL ASSEMBLY ENDS WITH THE LAUNCH OF HARMONIZED AFRICAN AUTOMOTIVE STANDARDS


Afrexim Bank representative (right), DG RSB (second-right), Permanent Secretary (Second-left) and ARSO Secretary General (left)

KIGALI- On June 17th, 2021 at Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali, the 26th African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) General Assembly events were called off with the launch of Harmonized African Automotive Standards.

Eng. Patricie Uwase, Permanent Secretary /Ministry of Infrastructure

 

The launch was officiated by Eng. Patricie Uwase, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure in the presence of key stakeholders in public and Private Sector. The 41 launched Harmonized African Automotive Standards cover the key aspects including vehicle roadworthiness, transportation of dangerous goods, trans-border road transport, power-driven vehicles, vehicle homologation and automotive fuels.

 

Group photo with key stakeholders

 

Speaking at the launch, Eng. Patricie Uwase noted that currently, it was recognized that Africa was undergoing a mobility revolution as the continent is experiencing an unprecedented motorization rate spurred by high rates of urbanization, the increasing affluence, population growth and economic growth. She added that continued investment in infrastructure in Africa was projected to double over the next decade as the continent was viewed as the world’s second fastest growing market for new vehicles. She thus reminded that to ensure that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) would be effectively implemented, it was paramount to have not only infrastructure but also roadworthy vehicles that enabled reliable transportation of goods and people across the continent. The Permanent Secretary finally noted that it was time for our continent to take advantage of technological advancements being witnessed in other regions to improve, promote the manufacture of new cars, consider energy efficiency and reduce emissions from vehicles to protect the environment.

 

Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, ARSO Secretary General

 

ARSO Secretary General, Dr. Hermogène Nsengimana while appreciating the AFREXIM Bank support to make that important initiative happen and come up with more than 40 important automotive standards, called countries across the continent to implement them, promote collaboration between implementers and standards enforcing agencies and accreditation of relevant services to lead to the expected contribution in implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area and boosting intra-Africa trade.

 

Mr. MURENZI Raymond, Director General/RSB

 

Mr. Murenzi Raymond, Director General of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) remarked that RSB participated in harmonization of the launched standards and was ready to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders in public and private sectors to raise awareness, engage and support implementation of the continental harmonized standards.


Ms. Shakilla Umutoni/Director General of Africa at MINAFFET

 

In her closing remarks, Ms Shakilla Umutoni Director General of Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation noted that it was important for Africa to come together, brainstorm on the impact of implementing the AfCFTA and the important role of standardization in the process. She added that the launched harmonized African Automotive Standards, besides ensuring human health and safety and environment protection, constituted the essence of the economic activity in the modernized world-Mobility. She argued that Rwanda, through Rwanda Standards Board, Private Sector Federation and all institutions responsible for enforcement of implementation of standards will continue to raise awareness on these launched standards, pioneer their implementation and explore other standards of urgent need to be harmonized at continental level so as to ensure the AU Development agenda 2063 is achieved by the whole of Africa in harmony and cooperation. She expressed gratitude to ARSO and Afrexim Bank for initiating the development of those standards.