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Thursday, June 17 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Standards - Supporting innovation in Africa: How do standards foster innovation and economic prosperity?

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Standards - Supporting innovation in Africa - How do standards foster innovation and economic prosperity?
Standards serve as a catalyst for innovation and help in anchoring solutions more quickly on the market. In today’s networked world clearly defined interfaces and compatibility between individual components and systems is now more important than ever. Standards are the global language of technology, reduce technical trade barriers and facilitate the free movement of goods. Standards open doors to promote exports.  
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) commenced 1st January 2021, signalling the creation of the African single market of 55 nations, defining the rules to operate.  The AfCFTA Agreement is the catalyst for the harmonization of standards and a quality infrastructure (QI) framework for the African continent.  The AfCFTA will seek to implement the Africa Quality Policy – to realise one test- one standard – one certificate and will strengthen the Pan African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI) network.

Join this panel discussion to hear how standards foster innovation and economic prosperity, from the perspectives of:
Moderated by the European Centre for Development Policy Management


Jarita Christie

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Erik Wijkström

Head of Section for Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), WTO
Mr. Erik Wijkström joined the WTO in 1995. He has broad experience from several areas of trade policy relating to standards and regulations, including agriculture, sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS Agreement), trade and environment, as well as trade and health. He is currently... Read More →
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Sean Woolfrey

Sean Woolfrey, a South African national, is a Policy Officer in the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme at ECDPM.Prior to joining ECDPM, he spent five years as a Researcher at the Trade Law Centre (tralac), in South Africa, where his work focused on a number of issues... Read More →
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Oswald Chinyamakobvu

Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Economic development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM) at the African Union Commission (AUC)
Dr. Oswald Chinyamakobvu is currently a Senior Technical Advisor within the Department of Economic development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM) at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa. He is responsible for the standards related disciplines including quality infrastructure... Read More →
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Gwenole Cozigou

Director for Construction and Machinery in Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME (DG GROW), European Commission
An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations. First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG... Read More →
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David Bell

Director of Standards Policy, British Standards Institution (BSI)
David Bell is Director of Standards Policy at the British Standards Institution (BSI).  He heads a team of 24 which is responsible for BSI's input to the international and European standards bodies, ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC on technical and policy issues.  In addition, David manages... Read More →
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Hermogène Nsengimana

Secretary General, ARSO
Dr Hermogène Nsengimana, the ARSO Secretary General, holds a PhD in Analytical and environmental chemistry from the School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also has Post-doctoral Studies from the Witwatersrand University and the University of Botswana... Read More →
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Johan Eksteen

Senior Director, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee,
Johan wears two hats relevant for discussions on standards. He is the chairperson of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee TC 0001, the mirror of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1). In addition, he holds the position of Senior Director: International... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Kenya