As part of its ongoing global engagement activities, IEEE has been increasing its relationships on the African continent and proactively engaging national standards organizations in order to explore potential cooperation opportunities. As a result, the national standards bodies of Ghana and Zambia have each signed agreements that allow both the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards in their respective countries.
“What we are finding in Africa is a strong interest to adopt globally recognized standards and a recognition that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) offers an extensive portfolio of standards that can be readily adopted to address local standardization needs,” said Moira Patterson, Global Affairs Program Director, IEEE-SA. “IEEE has long been committed to developing standards based on a globally open process, and by working closely with national standards organizations to facilitate the adoption of standards, IEEE-SA is promoting the extension of their global use and reach and encouraging more participation from the stakeholders in further development and revisions.”
The agreements with Ghana and Zambia provide a framework for the Ghana Standards Authority and the Zambia Bureau of Standards to adopt approved IEEE standards as their own national standards.