NOTE :The competition targets students aged below 35 years from colleges and universities in Kenya

17th January 2018, Nairobi, Kenya The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) in collaboration with African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) is for the fifth time giving university and college students the opportunity to participate in the National Standardization Essay competition which commences on 17th January 21st February 2018.
This is an opportunity for students to grow their knowledge on standardization and the role it plays in the economic development and also innovation.
This year's theme is the Role of quality infrastructure and standardization in facilitating trade and sustainable development within the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
KEBS Corporate Communication Manager, Ms. Patricia Kimanthi has urged university students to take part in the continental competition which has been running for the last five years.
We are calling on all students in higher learning institutions to take part in this competition as it does not only build their knowledge on the role of standardization but also provides an opportunity to compete with other students drawn from the continent, said Kimanthi.
The competition will be carried out in 3 levels: National, Regional and Continental level. The continental level winners will receive a monetary token and a trip (inclusive of accommodation) to the next ARSO General Assembly event that will take place in 2018.
The top three winners of the Kenyan National Competition will be presented with certificates and cash prize of Ksh. 80,000, 70,000, 60,000 respectively during the African Day of Standardization celebrations in Kenya, added Kimanthi. Each country's National Standards Board will be required to submit 3 winners to ARSO by 21st March to compete with each other so as to determine the regional winners who are then graded against winners of other regions to determine the continental winners. The winners at the regional and continental level will receive cash prices of USD 500, 300, 200 (for regional) and USD 1000, 800 500 (continental) respectively.
Last year, the first three students were picked from Technical University of Kenya, Egerton University and Catholic University of East Africa respectively while the top continental awardee was from Zimbabwe.
The standardization essay competitions are seen as an opportunity for KEBS to measure the awareness and understanding of standardization and KEBS roles among the youth besides the aim of promoting Pan Africanism amongst the African countries, said Kimanthi.
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