My Big Four Agenda! ISO president – Eddy Njoroge

My Big Four Agenda! ISO president – Eddy Njoroge

  1. Promote the use of international standards as instruments to redress the trade imbalance
  • lobby for the use of international standards whenever possible as a basis for technical regulations
  • Encourage the establishment of robust institutional arrangements for implementing and monitoring harmonized standards and policies
  • Support the use of international standards as part of instruments in resolving trade disputes

Activities to achieve these;

  • Carry out sensitization to various regulators on the importance of referencing Standards in TRs 
  • Identify key regional standardization bodies having a common interest as those of ISO and forge a close relationship with them.
  • Encourage member states to: Accept the WTO -World Trade Organization, (TBT) Technical Barriers to Trade code of good practice i.e. base their measures on international standards as a means to facilitate trade. 
  • Forge a closer working relationship between ISO and WTO like the (WSC) World Standard Cooperation 
  1. Position International standards as a strategic part of industrial growth
  • Development of standards that address the current market needs.

Activity to achieve this;

  • Carry out an assessment on the uptake of Standards. Identify key trends in the market establish any gaps.
  1. International Standards everywhere
  • Increase marketing of international standards
  • Encourage the use of international standards in all facets of life including trade, innovations, research, and development
  • Support the use of standards in attaining the SDG’s

Activities to achieve these;

  • Identify key Standards that can have a global impact: Smart cities, SDGs Standards.
  • Identify relevant actors in different jurisdictions make them aware of the potential benefits of using those Standards e.g. there are three cities in Kenya, the three Governors to be made aware, and be encouraged to implement Standards on Smart cities.
  1. International Standards as a global voice for developing countries
  • Enhance participation of developing countries through resource mobilization in the areas of technical expertise, development of robust standards and development systems that allow all participation of developing countries.

Activities to achieve this;

  • Identify the ‘Standardization’ needs of the developing countries and the relevant technical committees. Create a fund for those nations to participate in the meetings either physically or virtually.

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