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NATIONAL STANDARDIZATION PLAN FOR 2016-2019

"We want to grow rapidly, to transform the economy from subsistence to a market economy, to develop our land and introduce modern agricultural methods, to industrialize and to provide more employment opportunities. To do all these things quickly and simultaneously require many more resources than we have or can quickly acquire. We must therefore make choices, in deciding how to use our limited resources".

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Kenya’s industrial transformation program for 2015-2025 shall be realized through standardization. KEBS has developed a National Standardization Plan

When presenting Kenya's Sessional Paper no. 10 of 1965 to Parliament, the then Minister for Economic Planning and National Development, the late Tom Mboya, in page 25 of the Sessional Paper, observed thus:

"We want to grow rapidly, to transform the economy from subsistence to a market economy, to develop our land and introduce modern agricultural methods, to industrialize and to provide more employment opportunities. To do all these things quickly and simultaneously require many more resources than we have or can quickly acquire. We must therefore make choices, in deciding how to use our limited resources".

This plan provides a framework for making choices, in deciding how to use limited standardization resources through prioritization and planning in medium-term perspective (3-year period), the development of those standards that if completed and implemented:

  • Would have the greatest positive National economic impact in terms of enabling trade and economic development (Strengthen the GDP, move Kenya's export
    engines and National Development Priorities), and would likely receive strong industry and business support;
  • [Economic Impact Strategy]
    ? Would have a visible and positive, impact on citizens (Greatest Social good in terms of people's daily lives);
  • [Social Impact Strategy]
    ? Would likely receive strong support by Industry, business and the public (in line with Kenya's Constitutional requirement on public participation).
  • [Stakeholder Engagement Strategy]
    It supports through standardization, the execution of the strategies in KEBS Strategic Plan.

The plan will also support sector-specific initiatives outlined in Kenya's industrial transformation program for 2015-2025, and ultimately turn Kenya into an industrial hub
and subsequently provide more jobs and reduction of poverty as envisaged in the Global Sustainable Development Goal on ending poverty (SDG1).
In addition the plan provides a framework for supporting through standardization, Kenya's Vision 2030 medium term plan goals, African Union Agenda 2063 goals and the Global Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a regulatory context, execution of this plan will make the job of regulators easier through incorporation of developed Kenya Standards in technical regulation.
New growth markets and the new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS) -- Requirements standard which emphasizes risk based approach in processes create new expectations and opportunities, making it necessary to improve processes.

Current Standards Market Access Program (SMAP) between Kenya and European Union, the EAC Common Market Protocol, the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA) and Page 5 of 159 WTO/TBT Agreement presents an important need to harmonize the National Standards and progressively adopt the East African, ARSO and International Standards that are based on Economic, Policy and Stakeholder priorities.

For the Kenyan Standardization System, this means re-examining National structures and processes and aligning them with global and regional markets requirements. With this National Standardization Plan, Kenyan standardization is responding to the changing situation and new demands of a globalized world.

The National Standardization Plan should be understood as a call to action for all stakeholders to contribute to its consistent implementation and ongoing development. KEBS as the National Standards Body in Kenya is strongly committed to take leadership and responsibility in timely implementation of this Plan according to the provisions of the Standards Act, Cap. 496 of the Laws of Kenya.

This plan has been prepared by the Task Force on National Standardization Plan following an extensive engagement process with stakeholder and it has been approved by the National Standards Council for implementation during three year plan period 2016-2019 (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 financial years).

During the development of this document, the following Stakeholders were consulted:

  • National Technical Committees(TCs);
  • The private sector (Industry, Business Sectors);
  • SMEs;
  • Consumers and Consumer Organizations;
  • Government Agencies;
  • Renown Professionals;
  • Learning & Research institutions;
  • Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs);
  • Business Support Organizations(BSO) and;
  • Financial Institutions.

The National Standards Council sincerely thanks stakeholders who sent sector-driven standardization priorities for use in formulating this three year plan. To keep abreast with technology changes, global dynamics and overriding factors, this three year-plan will be reviewed annually. During the preparation of this plan reference and benchmarking was made to the following publications and information sources:

  • ISO Draft Manual on Developing National Standardization Strategies, March 2016
  • Kenya's Industrial Transformation program, July 2015
  • Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNSB) Statistical abstract, 2015
  • Kenya's Sessional Paper no. 10 of 1965 on African Socialism and its Application to Planning in Kenya
  • Kenya Vision 2030 Second Medium Term Plan (2013-2017)

Acknowledgement is hereby made for information and guidance obtained from these sources.

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