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International Standards, tools to spur economic growth

14 October 2013, 07:37

Abuja - The President of African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), Dr Joseph Odumodu, said on Sunday the application of International Standards was a powerful tool to spur economic growth.

Odumodu, who is also the Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said this in a statement issued in Abuja to commemorate the “World Standard Day” scheduled for October 14.

“International Standards are powerful tools to lead positive change by detailing specifications that can open up global markets, create enabling business environments and spur economic growth.”

“International standards represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors ranging from energy utilities and efficiency to transportation, climate change, safety as well as ICT.”

The statement noted that standards supported economic growth in developing countries such as Nigeria, by outlining best practices that enabled them to avoid “reinventing the wheel.”

It stressed that standards were becoming increasingly important in helping cities develop more intelligent and sustainable infrastructure and making them better places to live.

Odumodu said international standards also helped in ensuring that products, services and environments became more accessible to persons with disabilities.

According to the statement, international standards served as tools to help reduce climate change by improving energy efficiency and decreasing waste as well as green house gas emissions.

It stated that SON as the representative of the international standardisation bodies in Nigeria would continue to propagate the global standards.

That, it stated, was being done through the adoption and adaptation for local use in all sectors, trainings, consumer enlightenment activities and the certification of products, systems and processes.

“SON has designed programmes round the year to propagate and implement standards under a six-point agenda, namely: compliance monitoring, capacity building and global relevance.”

“Others are: consumer engagement, developing competitiveness of locally-made goods and media engagement to drive its zero tolerance to sub-standard products’ initiative,” it stated.

The statement said SON had continued to re-tool its processes to enhance delivery of its mandate to stakeholders in Nigeria, including the twin conformity assessment programmes for locally-manufactured and imported products.

It called on Nigerians at home and abroad to join hands with SON and other agencies involved in standardisation, to optimise the benefits of standards in all sectors.

-    NAN



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