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21st ARSO General Assembly Events

29 October 2015
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10th to 14th August 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
he ARSO General Assembly is held once every year.
imagesUnder the Theme “The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa.” the 21st ARSO General Assembly events Meetings have been scheduled for 10th – 14th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The African Union vision for agriculture mentions as part of its goals leading up to 2015, the need to create “dynamic markets within countries and between regions” as part of its agricultural strategy. As regional markets become increasingly integrated, divergent and inconsistent national and regional trade policy and standards issues constrain intra-regional trade of most commodities.
The General Assembly events will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Ethiopia, through the Ethiopian Standards Agency (ESA) with the venue at the African Union Commission Headquarters.
The Events of the Assembly will include:
52nd ARSO Council Meeting – 10th -11th August 2015
The Council reviews and approves the ARSO Programmes (ARSO Council members only).
3rd African Day of Standardisation, 12th August 2015 (All invited guests).
Presentations and Discussions on the theme: “The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa.”
Made in Africa EXPO
2nd ARSO Standardisation Essay Competiton Awards
The aim of African day of Standardization is to raise awareness among African Regulators, Industry, Academia, Consumers and the entire African Citizens on the benefits of standardisation on Africa’s economy. The theme for 3rd African day of standardisation is “The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa.”
During this 3rd African Day of Standardisation, a made-in-Africa-Expo will be held in parallel with the ARSO meetings to highlight the role of standardisation in promoting the manufacturing sector in Africa. Manufacturing currently contributes on average only around 10% to GDP while Africa has a large potential to develop labour-intensive manufacturing.
The made in Africa Expo
The made in Africa Expo, among other things, aims at providing opportunity:images (2)
to present investment opportunities, strategies and success stories to a diverse range of potential partners.
for the Public-Private-Partnership networks and frameworks for funding, broadening of business engagement and trade.
to exchange best practices with regulatory and trade facilitation authorities to reduce the economic burden on businesses in order to improve their productivity and profitability, and .
poride a platform to exchange evolving business trends to facilitate better positioning of national and sub-regional manufacturing and production enterprises.
21st ARSO General Assembly – 13th – 14th August 2015.
The aim of ARSO General Assembly is to offer a platform or the ARSO members and Stakeholders to review the programmes and progress of the Organisation with respect to its mandate, vision and Mission.

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