NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Kenya’s Edward Njoroge is seeking backing from 161 member countries of the International Organization for Standardizations (ISO) to be the next president for the global standards body.
Kenya nominated Njoroge for the position of the ISO presidency and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has received communication from the global body indicating that former Nairobi Securities Exchange boss is the only candidate for the position. Canadian John Walter, is the current ISO president.
Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Hon. Peter Munya, has confirmed the government’s support on Njoroge’s candidature. Munya, said, “to ensure our voice is heard at the highest level in standardisation, the government supports the candidature of Eddy Njoroge for the ISO Presidency 2019-2022. We are indeed hopeful of his appointment at the upcoming ISO General Assembly in September in Geneva, Switzerland.”
The Makerere trained Njoroge is the former CEO of KENGEN, and also the immediate former chairman of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and Chairman of Telkom Kenya. Mr Njoroge has recently been appointed as a non-executive director at the National Standards Council. Njoroge vied for the ISO presidency position in 2016 during the 39th ISO General Assembly in Beijing, China and came second missing it with a vote.
If elected, Njoroge said, I purpose to increase and deepen developing countries’ engagement in the ISO activities so that the nations exploit the full value of international standardisation, in particular on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
He is committed to boost ISO’s governance standards if elected into office besides working with SMEs to boost their conformity to global standards. International Standards determine access to global markets as they define the characteristics that products and services have to meet export standards.
ISO which was formed in 1947 as an independent, non-governmental international organization brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards. Countries are represented through national standards bodies.
The global standard’s body has published more than 22,000 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare.