The National Electrotechnical Committee (Cen-Sen) in Senegal organized an Assembly General to further its involvement in the work of international standardization.
At this meeting, Senegal underlined its commitment to International Standards and recognized their importance in the development of projects in the field of electro-technology.
According to the head of the National Association of Standardization (ASN), Barama Sarr, it is essential for the country to develop a culture of standardization. He added that International Standards are essential for the success of government projects such as the construction of roads and the maintenance of electrical power plants.
Representatives from the Cen-Sen, the ASN as well as the national electrical transmission and distribution company Senelec met on 20 March to set-up the 17 committees that will represent Senegal at the standardization organizations at the African and international levels. Representatives from seven commissions will participate in the work of the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFEC) while representatives from 10 committees will collaborate with the IEC.
The Presidency of Cen-Sen is currently held by a representative from Senelec. Its Secretary-General, Abdoulaye Dia, called on Senegalese private and public entities to actively participate in the development of International Standards.
Senegal has participated in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme since 2002. In 2016, it acquired Affiliates Plus status given its adoption of over 50 IEC Standards as well as the establishment of a national electrotechnical committee with representatives from both the private and public sectors. Senegal has already declared its aim to become an IEC member as of 2019.