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Odumodu Canvasses Inter-African Trade To Combat Fake, Counterfeit Products

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Phillip Oladunjoye –  Lagos


The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), who is also the current president of African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), Dr. Joseph Ikem Odumodu, has said that African economies could be robust if the countries in the continent constitute a powerful and vital force to fight economic saboteurs.

Odumodu, who stated this while addressing a World Press Conference in Lagos on Tuesday, argued that if Africans could trade with one another, the common enemies of the continent like counterfeiters and purveyors of sub-standard products across the continent would be defeated.

According to Dr. Odumodu, over 80% of sub-standard products circulating in Africa come from outside the continent, a situation which he described as quite worrisome.

The ARSO President, who spoke against the backdrop of ARSO President’s forum coming up in Abuja, next month, said the event is expected to bring together Chief Executive Officers of National Standards Bodies (NSBs) in Africa, and is tagged “Africa Rises for Standards in Abuja” and would hold between June 22-24, 2015.’

He said: “The event of the ARSO President’s forum for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of National Standards Bodies (NSBs) holding from 22nd – 24th June, 2015, which is being launched today through this media briefing, is meant to sensitise the world on the readiness of African standardisers to strengthen the continental integration by breaking inhibiting economic barriers through standardisation to enhance industrial and economic empowerment.”

“It is barely six months that I had the opportunity to address this kind of audience. At that time Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2014 World Standards Day – which was the World Press Conference for the 2014 Standards Day Celebration tagged: Standards Ensure Level Playing Field which drew attention to how emerging markets could cue into the global market using standards. This has been the core commitment of SON since my assumption of office,” he added.