The call was made yesterday during the 2nd celebration of the African Day of Standardisation in
The event coincided with the ongoing 20th
In attendance are member state representatives, the private sector among other partners.
"The aim of the African Day of Standardisation is to raise awareness amongst African regulators, industry, academics and the entire African citizens on the benefits of standardisation to
According to the
Dr Odumodu said
However, Odumodu said this growth was accompanied by minimal industrialisation and little job creation.
Odumodu said value addition to the continent's abundant raw materials such as minerals, coffee and tea would increase
"Economic value springs from adding value to economic resources, not merely exporting crude, and this is where standardisation plays a role," Odumodu said.
Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rwanda Development Board, said standards were a central component of economic competitiveness.
"Countries are competitive if their companies and businesses are competitive," Rugwabiza said.
Rugwabiza noted that standards could also accelerate regional integration.
She explained that in the East African region, there has been tremendous progress in terms of regional harmonisation of standards.
Babissankana said it was crucial to measure the impact of standards on a global, national and company level to involve various stakeholders in the development and application of standards.
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