Tuesday, 08 February 2011

First metrology school for African countries hosted by Kenya

NAIROBI, 15 February 2011 – The first Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS) Metrology School is finishing its work in the Kenyan capital this week.

The School offers a course on building a sound measurement system.  It will also provide a hands-on experience in a number of technical fields and introduce standards and quality procedures.

The ten-day course was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM), the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML),  the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Weights and Measures Department.

The 2011 AFRIMETS Metrology School will equip the younger generation of metrologists with the knowledge necessary to build the African metrology infrastructure to an internationally accepted level.

A number of internationally renowned scientists have been invited to share their knowledge in their particular areas of expertise. In addition to the laboratory experiences, participants will also visit several industries to assess the implementation of quality, standards and metrology, and their effect, on the successes of these industries.

Participants from all countries on the African continent were invited to participate, and after a rigorous selection process, two candidates were selected per country. Seven young metrologists from Asia and the Americas are also participating to facilitate networking and inter-regional knowledge exchange.

The 2011 Metrology School is part of a project for the institutional strengthening of the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS) and is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and UNIDO. The school is hosted locally by KEBS and Weights and Measures Department.

View a video about the school on our YouTube page:

For more information, please contact:

Juan Pablo Davila
Associate Industrial Development Officer

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