The standards were adopted by an ordinary meeting of the CCN held on 15 and 16 August in Kinshasa. Covering five sectors - agribusiness (7 standards), electrical engineering (46), textiles and leathers (34), construction (11) and matches (1) - the standards were examined and adopted by six commissions held on 10 and 12 August at the Invest Hotel and attended by some 160 Congolese experts, each qualified in one of these fields.
The beer and soft drink sector standards were the only ones not to be endorsed. The commission's report on these products was sent to the next meeting to expand on the information given. During this meeting, the DRC adopted 34 ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards in the textile and leather sector for the very first time.
The single national standard adopted in the matches sector covers requirements for performance, safety and classification.
The DRC now has a total 370 COMESA harmonised standards adopted as national standards and has all but reached its goal of 371 standards set in 2008 as part of its process to gradually integrate this economic zone. These standards will improve the competitiveness of Congolese businesses and "made in Congo" products on a sub-regional, regional and international level and protect the health of consumers.
At the end of its meeting, the CNN made a few recommendations on how to ensure the newly adopted standards will be widely used and understood.
Source: Forum des As