Located in the southern part of Africa, Namibia has participated in the IEC Affiliate Programme since 2001. Namibia has now adopted 59 IEC International Standards and participates in the work of 14 IEC technical committees and subcommittees.
Eighty-seven per cent of the respondents to a recent survey have identified making processes and facilities safer as a primary benefit of standards. The survey was sent to standardization experts in North America, as well as some in South America and Europe.
The United Nations’ sustainable development goals are emerging as a clear focal point galvanizing the global community to action. Governments are bringing a whole new set of regulations in support of the SDGs and creating an urgency for change.
Whenever I talk about the IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee, I make it clear that our mission is not simply to develop standards and system reference documents ourselves. It is even more important to bring the knowledge of the 20,000 IEC experts to help solve city problems.