The African Accreditation Cooperation’s 10th General Assembly officially stcame to an end on Friday the 27th of September, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Système Ouest Africain d’Accréditation (SOAC) in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire .
Various strategic planning issues were discussed including how to effectively facilitate the African Continental Free Trade Agreement(AFCFTA). Several sub-committee meetings were held in conjunctions with exco closed sessions.
The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) is a cooperation of accreditation bodies, sub-regional accreditation cooperations and stakeholders whose objective is to facilitate trade and contribute to the protection of health, safety and the environment, in Africa and thereby improve Africa’s competitiveness.
AFRAC is one of the four pillars of the Pan-African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI) established by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency to support intra-African trade, improve the competitiveness of African goods and services and to facilitate health and safety of the public and the environment. AFRAC whose establishment was partially funded by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Germany to facilitate capacity building in accreditation across the continent with the goal of sustaining an internationally acceptable mutual recognition arrangement.