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African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO)

Overview: ARSO is an African inter-governmental organization established in 1977 mandated to promote standardization activities in Africa. To achieve this goal, ARSO has developed a program on standardization and related activities for its member States. This program is based on the blueprint for Africa's economic development as outlined in the Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Commission for Africa which envisages the establishment of an African common market through integration of the various sub-regional economic groupings on the continent. The program is designed towards removal of technical barriers that hinder intra-Africa trade and integration. The technical work is concerned with the operation of activities in the following fields: preparation and issuance of African regional standards; quality assurance activities; African regional accreditation and certification marking schemes (ARAS); metrology; laboratory testing; technical information and consultancy services in standardization; and international liaison and participation.


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