Former Kengen boss Mr. Edward Njoroge is seeking to be the next president of International Standards Organisation (ISO) at an ongoing global forum in Beijing, China. He urged delegates from the 163 member countries attending the 39th ISO General Assembly stating that there is need for a representative from developing nations to be at the helm of the global standards body to push for policies that are inclusive to all nations.
Mr. Njoroge said that if elected he would deepen and increased engagement among nations to exploit the full value of international standardization besides working with SMEs to boost their conformity to global standards.
The stakes are high for developing nations in the elections as International Standards determine access to global markets as they define the characteristics that products and services have to meet on export standards. 23 African nations form member nations of ISO.
Mr Njoroge is battling it out for the top post with Canada’s John Walter who is currently ISO’s vice president in charge of policy.
On his part, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director Charles Ongwae said Mr. Njoroge stands a very good chance of clinching the prestigious post due to his huge experience as a long serving technocrat. This was backed by Kebs chairman Lucas Maitha.
ISO, which was formed in 1947 as an independent, non-governmental international organization bringing together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards. Countries are represented through national standards bodies.
ISO has published more than 21,000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare.