The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) to train and provide technical expertise to the South Sudanese institution.
The MoU was facilitated by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).
The regional aid-for-trade organization has previously supported the two institutions acquire expertise, modern equipment, and harmonization standards.
In South Sudan, with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) TMEA supported the government in setting up a standards bureau including governing policies, setting up of laboratories and training.
The organization provided essential testing and metrology equipment for $1.6 million; refurbishment of chemical and microbiological testing laboratories for $120, 000; and technical staff training and support in developing a human resources management system.
For KEBS, TMEA has provided support of up to $1.7 million for modern testing equipment and training.
Inked in the spirit of integration, the KEBS/SSNBS Memorandum of Understanding will promote cooperation in standardization, conformity assessment, and training.
It will also provide a framework and mechanism for bilateral cooperation and facilitate trade between the two countries.