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ANSI Participates in Open House for Sub-Saharan African Standards Leaders

New York, May 21, 2007

Representatives from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM International, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gathered at ASTM headquarters in West Conshohocken, PA, last week for a cooperative dialogue with standards executives from Sub-Saharan African national standards bodies. Participating countries included Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The fourth in a series of workshops aimed at bringing national standards bodies together for the purposes of collaboration, the May 16-18 Open House for Sub-Saharan Africa sought to open lines of communication and identify new opportunities for cooperative liaisons. Previous open houses have drawn together standards bodies from Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, the Asia Pacific, North Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.

Chief points of discussion gave focus to new technologies for standards development, the use of voluntary standards in regulations, increased participation in international standards-setting, and capacity building to improve testing and product quality.

Featured speakers at the three-day event included Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy, who highlighted the cornerstone strengths of the U.S. standardization system, as well as Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The Open House for Sub-Saharan Africa was hosted by ASTM in cooperation with ANSI and NIST. Further details on the event are available here.

For more information on ANSI’s regional and bilateral policy activities, please contact Steven Bipes, ANSI director of regional and bilateral policy (

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