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IEC Centenary message from IEC General Secretary Aharon Amit


New York, Jan 03, 2006

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) marks its 100th anniversary this year. IEC Secretary General Aharon Amit reflects on a century of service and innovation:


This year marks 100 years of IEC service to the electrical and electronic industries, to the countries and to the people of this world. We will see a variety of special projects and events to celebrate our centenary.

Milestones are important, but it is equally important to remind ourselves that they are just milestones: markers that we pass as we continue down our road. The IEC’s work does not stop, nor does it slow down, simply because we have reached our centenary. This year, as in all other years, we will begin new projects and publish new International Standards. We will meet, discuss, plan and do the work we have set out for ourselves.

Today, as we begin the IEC’s next 100 years, our job can be summarized in three words: serve the market. That is what we have been doing for a century and it is what we will continue to do. As IEC President Renzo Tani said in his speech during the Opening Ceremony at the 69th IEC General Meeting in Cape Town: “When we serve the market well, we strengthen the IEC at every step. It’s a job that’s done one task at a time by everyone involved in our work.”

No one involved in IEC work today was there at the start. Gone now are the people who were there, but they had a vision. Colonel Crompton, Elihu Thomson, Lord Kelvin: in life they were men; in our history they are giants. They looked at their world, saw what it held, saw what was missing, and set out to change it. And in 1906, in London, UK, 33 people created an organization that for 100 years has stood as the measure of their contribution to human societies. Their vision was not just that the IEC would endure for 100 years. Their vision was that it would serve for something worthwhile in this world.

That vision is without limit in time.

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