In Nairobi, Kenya, recent discussions to make Africa a borderless continent in its commerce activities got underway.
The 14th summit of the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), which is commemorating its 13th anniversary, will focus mostly on this issue.
The Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), which is hosting the week-long conference, wants to look at how African nations may have a jurisdiction-free zone for carrying out business operations.
Juma Mukhwana, senior secretary for industry at Kenya’s Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), asserted that a long-term solution is required due to the continent’s small industry, which only makes up 3% of the world’s total.
The AFRAC agenda is packed with discussions and workshops meant to address specific issues. These events will provide a forum for member organizations to come together to assess their success and determine a course for the future.
The Kenyan government, according to Ng’eny Biwott, chair of the board of directors of Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), recognizes the value of accreditation in advancing one of its key agendas to increase and secure international trade by increasing exports from 10% to 30% of GDP.