Kenya Bureau of Standards partners with South Sudan National Bureau of Standards on training and conformity
South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) stands for benefit from training and technical expertise of Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), according to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two institutions.
The MOU will promote cooperation in standardization, conformity assessment and training and will provide framework and mechanism for bilateral cooperation while facilitating mutual trade.
KEBS had been in operation for longer time bringing a wealth of expertise while SSNBS, although new, has shown steady growth and progress. The MOU was facilitated by TradeMark East Africa. (TMEA)
TMEA has supported both SSNBS and KEBS in acquisition of expertise and modern equipment as well as harmonization of standards. In South Sudan, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), met financiering van het Britse Ministerie van Internationale Ontwikkeling (DFID), heeft de South Sudangovernment het opzet van de standaardenbureau, met inbegrip van het definiëren van beleid, het opzetten van laboratoria en training.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) provided essential testing and metrology equipment (US $ 1.6 million), refurbishment of chemical and microbiological testing laboratories (US $ 120,000), technical staff training and support in developing a human resource management system.
In Kenya, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) has supported KEBS with up to US $ 1.7 million for modern testing equipment's and training. The MOU has been undertaken in the spirit of regional integration.