The national technical committees in Rwanda and Uganda have committed to implementation of the ISOlutions system following a series of Hub-supported training workshops. ISOlutions is a web-based global system used by ISO members to develop ISO standards, which facilitate international trade. The ISOlutions online tool makes standard development easier and more efficient by allowing ISO members to comment on standards up for revision or creation online.
To date, Kenya is the only East Africa Community (EAC) Partner State that is using ISOlutions in the standard development process. Through its ISOlutions workshops, the Hub hopes to bring Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi online. Rwanda and Uganda are now committed following the Hub's recent workshops. The Hub expects Tanzania and Burundi to commit following its ISOlutions workshops in May. The Hub is promoting ISOlutions to help East African Community (EAC) Partner States reduce their costs of participating in international meetings on standards development and increase their participation.
The Hub convened the training workshops in collaboration with the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). Thirty secretaries/members of national technical standards committees from the public and private sector are now trained on how to use ISOlutions.
The Hub is providing technical assistance to help EAC Partner States improve the capacity of their standards bodies and participate in the international standards setting process. Improving the capacity of the Partner States to participate in international standards setting bodies will help facilitate implementation of the U.S.-EAC Cooperation Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TF), Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and a regional TBT 2017 work plan.