Source: | Ngwenekome Priscilia Ahone, Cameroon (Yaounde)

Charles Booto from the Centre Region in Cameroon who is the current Director General of Cameroon’s Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) has been elected as the President of the African Organization for Standardization, ARSO.

Elected on June 20, 2019, the new President of ARSO had already began his duties during the organizations 25th General Assembly which took place from 17th to 21st June in Nairobi, Kenya where he was voted for. He succeeds Dr. Eve Gadzikwa of Zimbabwe as the new leader of ARSO.

Former Leader of ARSO Dr. Eve Gadzikwa

In his installation speech, he presented the main activities of his mandate that will take place from 2019 to 2022 as he will be based in Kenya. Therefore as a new head, he is expected to awaken decision makers and all stakeholders on the benefits and effects of standardization for an emerging economy like Africa. As a result, this will encourage them to work hard in their various duties to acquire the benefits of regional standardization.

Charles Booto plans to use ARSO as a strategy to rearrange the industrial development of Africa in his term of office. Thus, he hopes that development should come into Africa through mutual recognition; Africans should unite and form an ambitious policy to build effective procedures in order to ease intra-African trade.

It should be noted that the 25th General meeting of ARSO in Nairobi was also to share duties to its members, elect new members of the council and adopt financial reports of the organization. During the meeting, delegates from 37 ARSO member countries promised to assist the new leader in developing Africa.


African Organization for standardization formerly known as African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO), has its origins from the economic socio- political disturbances in Africa in 1970 that led to a conference in Accra, Ghana.

ARSO was thereby formed in 1977 with the principal motive to harmonize African standards, to assess ideas and procedures in order to reduce technical barriers to trade.

It was also created to promote Intra-African and international trade as well as enhancing the industrialization process in Africa.

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