Business leader Eddy Njoroge has made history as Africa's first president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
"I am fully prepared to apply standards in our daily lives," said Njoroge, as he took over the staff of Canadian John Walker at yesterday's inauguration ceremony at the Cape Town International Conference Center, South Africa.
The 66-year-old The former CEO of listed power generator Kengen and Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Securities Exchange was elected President last October at the ISO General Assembly in Geneva (Switzerland).
Mr. Njoroge, board member of The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), which sits on several corporate boards, replaces Canadian John Walter. He has promised to lead developing countries to participate in world trade by advocating the formulation of norms.
"The formulation of norms should no longer be reserved for the industrialized countries, which will later deny developing countries access to the world market, and we will adopt a participatory approach to ensure that developing countries are involved in standard-setting activities. [1
The appointment also establishes the global ISO office in Nairobi during Njoroge's term of office from January 2020 to December 2022.
Mr Njoroge said that Kenya now has a role to play play when it comes to focusing on global work In the past has been denied access to Western markets for local products due to breaches of European standards.
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