Essay on Role of standards in the Kenyan economy wins the DIN/ISO competition

Mr. Amwayi Omukhweso William, winner of the 2012 ISO/DIN essay contest
This year’s competion involved writing an essay based on the topic:  “How do ISO International Standards help industry in your country to respond to local and global market demands”. The contest, which is organized by ISO, International Organization for Standardization and sponsored by DIN, (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. )the German Institute for Standardization, aims to challenge and give an opportunity to young standards professionals in developing countries and economies in transition.

Announcing the winner, Dr. Torsten Bahke, DIN Director, declared: “The winner has very nicely linked the development objectives of his country, as contained in the national economic blueprint dubbed ‘Vision 2030’, to the need to apply International Standards in the sectors that are expected to lead growth, with an emphasis on export markets.
“The need to apply ISO standards for conformity assessment and management systems has also been clearly described. Overall, there has been a very good understanding of the theme by the contestant/winner and he has covered the topic from many angles, showing that he has a clear idea of how ISO standards should be used.”
Mr. William will be invited to Berlin, Germany, for one week, all expenses paid, where he will be trained and exposed to a wide range of standards-related management activities carried out by DIN, a highly successful national standards body. The winner will also have the opportunity to visit the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
In an audio message of thanks to the ISO General Assembly, Mr. William affirmed: “Standards have played, and will play, a critical role in enhancing global trade by improving market access and enhancing the competitive advantage of products. It is important therefore, for countries, especially the developing nations, to leverage this linkage between standards and trade as this is a crucial driving force for any country’s economic growth.”
Read the essay on the Role of Standards here.
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