L-R Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, Director, Standards Development; Mr. Osita Aboloma, DG, SON; Mrs. Phebean, Head, SME and Mr. Mark Dakhling, Technical Assistant to DG.

The 58th Council meeting and 24th General Assembly of the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), commenced on Monday 18th June, 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

The theme of the program was “One Africa, One Market – The role of Standardisation in attaining sustainable Development within the context of Regional Integration”.
The Nigerian delegation to the events, hosted by the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) was led by the Director General,  Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma, who is a member of the ARSO Council.
The Council deliberated on processes to stimulate the development, harmonisation, adoption and application of African Standards within the continent, which will be considered for ratification by the General Assembly.
Other activities in the programme schedule included the celebration of the 2018 African Day of Standardisation (ADS) by SABS and symposiums.
The election of the  ARSO  President for  2019-2022 as well as presentation of
award to the 1st place winner of the 2018 ARSO Continental Essay  Competition, Mr. Chidiebele Nwokolo of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka were also on the schedule.
Among national, regional, continental and international standards bodies as well as ARSO development partners in attendance were American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM); British Standards Institute (BSI); Quality Council of India (QCI); Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); East African Community (EAC); Community of East and Southern Africa (COMESA); Southern African Development Community (SADEC) and the African Union (AU).
Others were African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC); Intra African Metrology Systems (AFRIMET); African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC); Underwriters Laboratory; United Nations Economic Commission (UNECA), World Fish, PTB, DNVGL-France, Intertek ,RNF Technologies and International Trade Centre (ITC).
The event is an annual programme of the ARSO that holds through rotational hosting among member Nations.
Other members of the Nigerian/SON  delegation were Messrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu (Director Standards Development); Mark Dakhling (Technical Assistant to DG); Dauda Yakubu (Deputy Director, International Standards) and Phebean Arumemi (Head, SMEs).
Group photograph of delegates to the ARSO General Assembly in Durban, South Africa.

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