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Somalia joins the IEC community

The IEC has announced that Somalia has joined its Affiliate Country Programme. With the participation of Somalia, 173 countries from around the world now participate in the work of the IEC.

The Head of the IEC Affiliate Country Programme, Aristea Kyriakati, notes, “We are very excited to welcome Somalia into the IEC family. We hope to provide Somalia with the necessary support in establishing a robust infrastructure for standardization and conformity assessment.”

In its initial phase of participation in the IEC, Somalia will be represented by the Somalia Bureau of Standards (SoBS). Set-up in 2020, SoBS is already engaged with multiple international, regional and national organizations involved in standardization. In August 2021, it became one of 40 African countries to become a member of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO).

Benefits of joining ACP

The Affiliate Country Programme brings many benefits to its participants. They are encouraged to adopt and reference IEC publications in their national laws and regulations and can select up to 200 IEC Standards free of any commercial consideration, for national adoption. In addition, experts can participate in IEC technical committees and receive guidance on the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems. Training and mentoring programmes are also available.

Once an affiliate country has established a National Electrotechnical Committee (NEC) and has adopted at least 50 IEC Standards, it is eligible to increase its quota of free IEC Standards for national adoption as well as nominate additional experts to participate in IEC technical work.

About the IEC Affiliate Country Programme

Since its launch in 2001, the IEC Affiliate Country Programme has provided numerous countries with the opportunity to participate in the international standardization and conformity assessment activities of the IEC without the financial burden of membership.

Developing and newly industrialized countries join the IEC Affiliate Country Programme by invitation from the IEC Secretary General & CEO.

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