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Ethiopia Celebrated 43rd World Standards Day

The Ethiopian Standards Agency celebrated the 43rd World Standards Day, launched by ISO, IEC and ITU by conducting workshop to raise awareness among stakeholders on 9 October 2012 at the Harmony Hotel.

Ato Abedisa Yilma the Technology Advisor from the Ministry of Science & Technology passed his message on behalf of the Minister saying that it is an opportune and convenient time for us to reflect on the roles of standards and focus on the theme “less, waste, better results – standards increase efficiency.
He added that one of the key lessons which we should learn on this Day is to be competitive in the global market by facilitating trade against compliance of standards. The initiative would help for technology transfer and innovation to boost the productivity of local industries and support economic development of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Standards Agency Deputy Director General Wro Almaz Kahsay, stated in her speech that the international celebration of World Standards Day each year on October 14 brings the recognition and importance of standardization.  She stated that standards help organizations maximize profits and meet their goals, and achieve competitive economic environment. Lastly, Wro Almaz urged manufacturers and services providers to standardize their products and services thereby helping consumers ensure product safety and warranty.
Discussions were held among stakeholders on issues of standardization, and the event was widely covered by different media highlighting on the World Standards Day theme.

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