The MBS joined the world standards community in commemorating the 2017 World Standards Day. The day is commemorated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to develop standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and share technological advances. The theme for this year’s World Standards Day is “Standards Make Cities Smarter”.In commemorating the World Standards Day, the MBS organized a number of activities that included radio adverts and press releases. The main event of the commemoration was a seminar which was be held on Thursday, 19th October 2017, at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel, to share information on how standards make cities smarter.

Speaking during the seminar on behalf of the MBS Board Chairperson, Mr Action Amos, the MBS Director General, Mr Davlin Chokazinga informed the gathering that the purpose of the World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet needs of business, industry, government, consumers worldwide. World Standards Day also provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the benefits that standards bring to our everyday lives, the market economy, and to the smooth running of public affairs.

The statement from the MBS Board Chairperson recognized the involvement of national stakeholders in standards development as follows: “I am aware that some of you present are members of various technical committees responsible for the development of national standards. We pay tribute to your efforts, expertise and time in your participation in the development of the national standards.”

He further said: “As the nation commemorate this day in Malawi, I wish to request you all, distinguished ladies and gentlemen to reflect on the role standards play in our life.  Standards play a very big role in our day to day life and activities, which in most cases we do not easily notice”.

The statement also stressed the role standards play in supporting smooth and integrated Smart City development, and in making cities smarter:  “Standards support the development of tailor-made solutions that can be adapted to the particular circumstances of a given city. Standards make things work safely and smoothly together at every level in cities. They provide the foundation for electricity access and all the many devices and systems that use electricity and contain electronics. They support the information and communication technologies that enable data collection, exchange and analysis, and information security. Last but not least they provide important guidance for all aspects of city life, including energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation, improved waste management, building sustainable communities and much more”.

As its contribution to make the Blantyre City clean, the MBS made a donation of thirty (30) waste bins to Blantyre City Council during the event.

Mr Costly Chanza, Director of Town Planning and Estates Management, receiving the waste bins from the MBS Director General on behalf of the Blantyre City Council