Among the events taking place as part of 2021’s virtual ISO Week in London is a welcome opportunity for ISO’s leaders to meet with those who have been recently appointed to head the organizations that make up our membership.
The outbreak of COVID prevented a similar session from taking place during last year’s ISO Week, which meant that a greater number than usual were invited. In fact, since late 2019, 46 of our members have appointed new leaders representing every region of the globe.
The President Eddy Njoroge greeted the new Heads warmly, affirmed ISO’s commitment to focus on and support members, and pledged his ongoing support in enabling the ISO Strategy.
Together with Secretary-General Sergio Mujica, they went on to present an overview of the ISO system, focusing on the importance of maximizing value from participation in the development and promotion of International Standards. Mr Mujica emphasized his belief that, as a membership organization, ISO is only as strong as its members. He explained how support is delivered to our members, presenting ISO’s membership team and its dedicated regional coordinators.
In explaining ISO’s regional engagement policy to the new leaders, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his key objectives for the programme: Firstly, to provide dedicated, sustainable and tailor-made support directly to all ISO members in a regional context. Additionally, to enhance engagement with the regional and sub-regional standards organizations recognized by ISO Council in order to take full advantage of a strategic partnership approach with these organizations.
Recently appointed Heads from the following ISO members were invited: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Dominica, Dominican Rep, Ecuador, Eswatini, Gabon, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea DPR, Korea, Rep of, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay.