NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is set to host the 30th ARSO General Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria, from June 17th to 21st, 2024, at the Abuja International Conference Centre.

This monumental event marks a crucial milestone in Africa’s quest for unified standards and enhanced trade facilitation, particularly in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) is a continental standards body mandated to facilitate intra-African trade and industrial development through harmonized standards and conformity assessment.

With a vision to be the leading standards organization driving Africa’s integration and global competitiveness, ARSO is committed to promoting excellence, innovation, and sustainability in standards development and implementation across Africa.

The General Assembly serves as ARSO’s pinnacle governance platform and a pivotal annual gathering aimed at engaging, inspiring, and empowering stakeholders from across the continent and beyond.

The 30th ARSO General Assembly promises a rich array of discussions on Standardisation, Quality Infrastructure, and Trade Facilitation, featuring esteemed policy-makers, experts, and professionals sharing valuable insights and best practices.

Key events include the Opening Ceremony, hosted by the Honourable Minister of Industries, Trade, and Investments, featuring distinguished speakers and captivating cultural performances.

The African Day of Standardisation will offer technical workshops focusing on sector-specific topics to drive standardization efforts.

Concurrently, the Made in Africa Expo will showcase products and innovations in standardization and quality assurance, highlighting Africa’s trade and industry potential.

Delegates can also enjoy a Gala Dinner and Cultural Tour, immersing themselves in Nigeria’s cultural heritage. Networking and social events will facilitate cross-border connections and collaborations among participants, fostering camaraderie and mutual understanding.

Attendees can also expect to witness the signing of significant agreements, the launch of collaborative initiatives aimed at advancing standards and quality infrastructure, and the recognition of outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations in the standards and quality assurance domain.

This assembly represents a pivotal moment in Africa’s journey towards harmonized standards, enhanced trade facilitation, and sustainable economic growth.

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