Global Standards Body About to Welcome First African Head

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The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has nominated Eddy Njoroge for the Presidency of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Njoroge is the former CEO of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

“In submitting my candidature, KEBS is confident that I meet all the required criteria for the position. I have a wealth of corporate governance experience, having sat and chaired many boards not just in Kenya but also in the region,” he said.

If elected, Njoroge will become the first African to head the global standards body in its history, taking over from China’s Zhang Xiaogangwhose term will end in 2017.

His candidature has also been endorsed by the Africa Organization for Standards.

“Developing countries compose 60 per cent of ISO membership, Njoroge’s win will mean a lot to developing countries especially in Africa,”KEBS said.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Through its 163 national standards member bodies, it shares knowledge and develops voluntary, consensus-based and market-relevant International Standards to support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

It has published more than 21000 International Standards, covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing, since its inception in 1947.

The elections for the Presidency will take place during the world ISO general assembly in September 2016 in Beijing, China.

Njoroge is receiving support on social media through the hashtags #VoteEddy, #TeamKenya and #TeamAfrica.

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