STANDARDS: STANDARD DEVELOPEMENT


The BBN Management envisages that by 2020 BBN will have published 4000 Burundi Standards. Currently BBN has published approximately 1094 east african standards as national standards. BBN has to adopt as a matter of real urgency the East African Standards that have already been approved by the EAC Council of Ministers. This leaves BBN with about 3000 standards to publish in the ten years. It is estimated that 50% of these will be EAC Standards that will have to be adopted. This leaves BBN to manage the development and publication of the rest. The planning for the next 10 years therefore has to include the following activities:

1) Development and publication of approximately 1000 Burundi Standards by BBN. This translates into 100 standards per annum, i.e. and average of just over 10 for each technical committee.

2) Publication of approximately 500 Burundi Standards by BBN that would have been developed by various Ministries such as Health, Agriculture, Public Works, Telecommunication to serve as the basis for the continuous development and implementation of the technical regulation regime of Burundi.

3) Adoption of approximately 1500 East African Standards, i.e. an average of 150 per annum.BBN will have to ensure that during the development stage of these EAC Standards, mirror committee work is initiated in Burundi to ensure that authorities and the private sector develop a Burundi position that can be presented and defended at the regional level during the development phase of such standards.

4) BBN must establish a dedicated “print-on-demand” system as soon as possible, to phase out the current expensive and useless option of printing 100 to 200 copies of each standard approved, giving away 20 to 30 copies to technical committee members and maybe selling 5. The rest have to be thrown away when the standard is revised after five years.

5) BBN will have to reach out to the private sector in a concerted effort to sensitize them on the importance of the standardization activities especially in EAC context. A program will have to be developed to achieve this, consisting of visits to the major enterprises, seminars for SMEs, and any other activity that will promise appropriate results.