The African Accreditation Cooperation’s 10th General Assembly officially started today, Monday the 22nd of September, 2019. The meeting actually started on Wednesday the 18th of September with series of Exco meetings. The meeting is hosted by the Système Ouest Africain d’Accréditation (SOAC) in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire .
Nigeria National Accreditation Service is fully represented at the annual event by the Director General, Celestine Okanya, the director of accreditation, Lawrena Okoro, the quality manager, Okechukwu Ejiofor and the head of ICT, Joshua Jegede. This was made possible through the support of World Bank group, PTB and SON.
The annual program covers various strategic planning sessions, workshops, committee meeting among other activities. This annual general assembly provides the opportunity for the various accreditation bodies in Africa to come together and collectively review progress and chart the way forward.
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.