2ND ARSO PRESIDENT FORUM AND
MADE IN AFRICA CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2017
1- 4 MARCH 2017, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Objective of 2nd ARSO President Forum
The main objective of the ARSO President Forum is to create opportunity to review the ARSO Programmes and membership Mobilisation to facilitate the main mandate of ARSO in facilitating Intra-African Trade and economic development and using standardisation a tool for facilitating Africa’s Industrialisation, Transformation and Integration through increased Manufacturing, value addition and innovation.
1. Rally African Stakeholders to appreciate the need for promoting the “Made in Africa” products as a foundation for greater Manufacturing and Industrialisation and as a basis for boosting intra-African trade.
2. Highlight the role of standardisation as a perquisite for Quality and safe products and their acceptance in the local market.
3. Sensitise the local manufacturers, traders, producers and consumers in Zimbabwe on the importance of local products as a base for industrialisation.
4. Highlight the role of ARSO beyond 2017 (ARSO Strategic Forum 2017-2022
5. Review the ARSO Membership and strategies for engaging members and non-members alike for membership Mobilisation.
- Non-Active members in terms of subscriptions - (Benin, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Sudan and Togo).
- Non-members - (Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Morocco, Mozambique, Somalia).
a. Collaboration with key partners in quality Infrastructure operating on African continent
1. African NSBs CEOs Round Table – Sharing Experiences
2. National African Day of Standardisation - Speeches
3. Made in Africa Expo including exhibitions and awards to best exhibitors
Concept of African Day of Standardisation.
The 49th ARSO Council held on 14th – 15th November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, while making a recommendation on African day of standardisation DECLARED the date for the African Day Standardisation to be 17 January every year to which the Central Secretariat will submit the Annual Theme and APPROVED the concept for the celebrations of the continental African Day of Standardisation during the ARSO GA Events in June every year. Since then ARSO and the member States have held four African Day of Standardisation with the fifth to be celebrated in Burkina Faso in June 2016:
- 1st, – “Celebrating Standardisation as a Strategic Resource to Africa’s economic integration”, 2013 – Yaoundé Cameroon
- 2nd, “Standardisation as a driver for improving Africa’s Competitiveness” - June 2014 – Kigali, Rwanda, Theme
- 3rd, - “The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa.” - August 2015 – African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- 4th - “The role of standards in promoting Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063", Arusha, Tanzania, June 2016.
- 5th - “Role of Standardisation in Facilitating Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women” – Burkina Faso, June 2016;
Like the World Standards Day, the initiative for the African day of Standardization is for the commemoration of the birth and foundation of ARSO by the African Union (formerly OAU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the commitment of Founding Fathers and the twenty one (21) African Governments presented at the Launching Conference at the Ghana International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana on the 10th – 17th January 1977, to push for the Standardization and Conformity Assessment Agenda in Africa as a way of boosting intra African and global trade and Africa’s Industrialisation.
The 20th ARSO General Assembly held in Kigali Rwanda in June 2014 ENCOURAGED African Governments through the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Commerce to participate and support the National celebrations of the African Day of Standardisation as a strategy on the role of standardisation in achieving the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017. Many Countries have therefore initiated the national celebrations in their countries:
- Kenya – 17th March 2015,
- Nigeria – 22nd – 24th June 2015,
- South Africa - May 2015.
- Ghana - February 2015
- Ethiopia – 21st-24th August 2015
- Ghana – 19th February 2016
- Zimbabwe – 24th February 2016
- Kenya – 20th April 2016
- Tanzania – 10th – 14th June 2016 - 22nd ARSO GA Events.
The Concept of the Made in Africa EXPO.
In Africa, plague of barriers continue to outweigh its potential for industrialization as the manufacturing sector in most countries remain quite small, contributing an average of only around 10% in GDP, even with the capacities of labour and raw materials.
To create awareness on these challenges of industrialization in Africa, ARSO has initiated the Made in Africa Expo to be held alongside the celebrations of the African Day of Standardisation.
The Made in Africa Expo is being held to raise the awareness on the importance of Local Industries and products in Africa’s path to the Industrialisation and integration Agenda.
The Made in Africa EXPO as an important platform which serves the following:
(i) Bring to the fore the products and manufacturing capabilities of African companies and the potential for trade linkages within the continent. This can create help in ensuring alternative and potentially affordable sources of supply and trade instead of extra-African sources.
(ii) An opportunity to explore the standards-related barriers that African companies face in specific contexts and how standards and conformity assessment can serve to eliminate the barriers.
(iii) An opportunity for African consumers to assess the quality of African products and influence their preferences to buying Made in Africa products as a priority.
(iv) A platform to assess the possibilities of joint manufacturing and production to foster the economies of scale and specialization among enterprises in Africa. This can be particularly useful for companies processing or manufacturing products at different levels or producing parts for integration.
(v) Opportunity for market access due to creation of familiarity on standards and techniques used by manufacturers from other African countries.
Expected Output and Impact
(i) ARSO Membership Mobilisation and better understanding of the role of ARSO
(ii) Understanding of the role of standardisation and ARSO in facilitating Industrialisation
(iii) Sensitisation of local Producers and Entrepreneurs in their role in Africa’s Industrialisation and Integration Agenda and the importance of standardisation
(iv) Promotion of locally made African Products into the global value chains
(v) Increased intra-African Trade