ISO appoints first African president at ISO Week in Cape Town

September 26th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: Vector

Edward Njoroge

The first African president of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Edward Njoroge, was appointed at the recent ISO week in Cape Town. Njoroge is the former CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). He will take office on 1 January 2020.

The event was hosted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The week opened with the Developing Countries Council meetings and was followed by the 42nd ISO General Assembly. SABS is a founding member of ISO.

National Standardisation Bodies (NSBs) from 114 countries attended ISO week, with a total delegation of about 600 people. ISO is the international standard-setting body, formed in 1947 which has a catalogue of ISO standards in excess of 22 500. SABS plays an important role in international standardisation and participates in 429 ISO committees, holds ten secretariat and eleven chairperson roles.

The 2019 ISO week focused on the theme “Vision 2030” which aims to establish a framework for the new ISO strategy 2030. The week also looked at the United Nations sustainable development goals and articulation of a standardisation response in support of the realisation of the goals. The goals include an eradication of poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, industry; innovation and infrastructure, reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, sustainable oceans and rivers, sustainable land use, peace; justice and strong institutions, global partnerships for sustainable goals.

“Standardisation is critical to the efficient functioning of all economies and exists to ensure that access to and delivery of products, management systems and services are aligned to requisite standards. The UN sustainable goals are echoed in the National Development Plan, which can be achieved through the development and implementation of national standards. Minimum requirements which exist throughout the world need to be included in policy making, general trade agreements and in every transaction and interaction for Vision 2030 to be realised,” says Garth Strachan, acting CEO of SABS.

SABS also hosted ISO week ten years ago which was the first time an African country hosted the ISO General Assembly.

Contact Roshelle Pillay, SABS, Tel 012 428-6878, roshelle.pillay@sabs.co.za

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