UNIDO Supports 12th AFRIMETS General Assembly

 

UNIDO Supports 12th AFRIMETS General Assembly

ABUJA 25 July 2018

Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has organised the twelfth Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS) General Assembly. The event took place from 16 July to 19 July, 2018, in Enugu State, with support from the National Quality Infrastructure Project in Nigeria, NQIP, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNIDO.

AFRIMETS 2018 featured several Technical Committee meetings over the course of the four-day conference. Participants also benefited from training sessions and workshops on International Standards including the new OIML Certification System.

On Thursday 19 July, guests from relevant public and private sector institutions were invited to a special ceremony during which public and private stakeholders interacted. DG, SON, Osita Aboloma, addressed the audience, stating that, “…with encouragement from…UNIDO…[SON has] made huge investments into developing human capacities in the field of metrology.”

A highlight of the event was a site visit to Nigeria’s first metrology institute. UNIDO-NQIP supported the establishment of the National Metrology Institute with the aim of ensuring calibration of instruments and traceability of measurement in line with international standards. Addressing the media at the NMI site, UNIDO Regional Director, Jean Bakole said, “…[Nigeria] is a leading economy in Africa and we need to add manufacturing value and ensure that all products leaving this country have been well calibrated and meet the quality standard for trade.”

The event drew metrology and instrumentation experts from twenty one countries include Egypt, France, Germany, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. In attendance were the Enugu State Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, the Director-General of SON, UNIDO Regional Director for Nigeria & ECOWAS and representatives from International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).

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