International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Uganda becomes a Participating Member of ISO/TC 296

21 Jul 2017

INBAR Member state Uganda, represented by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), has officially joined ISO/TC 296 as a Participating member.

ISO/TC 296 is a Technical Committee established under the International Standardization Organization (ISO). It works to standardise the terminology, specifications and quality requirements for bamboo and rattan products. INBAR has been involved in ISO/TC 296 since its creation in 2015 as liaison “A” organisation.

Uganda’s change in membership status is the outcome of the bilateral meeting between INBAR and UNBS, held at the 23rd African Standardization Organization (ARSO) General Assembly on 26-30 June 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Uganda is represented in ISO/TC 296 by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, which has been active since 1989 and functions under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry.

Currently, 12 INBAR Member states are Participating members of ISO/TC 296: Uganda, India, the Philippines, Jamaica, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Colombia, Nepal, China and Nigeria. Overall, INBAR Members now make up 12 out of 17 Participating members for ISO/TC 296. INBAR also counts three Member states as Observing members in TC 296: Argentina, Kenya and Vietnam.

Uganda’s accession to ISO/TC 296 is welcome evidence of INBAR Member states’ growing interest in the development of bamboo and rattan international standards. In March this year, Ghana also became a Participating member; this was closely follow by Kenya joining the Committee as an Observing member.  INBAR will continue working to help all of its Members adopt standards that contribute to their socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.

For more information about INBAR’s work on standards, read here.