This major initiative was formed in 2007, based on a recognition that improved Quality and Standards are key to accessing world markets, monitoring the digital revolution, supporting sustainable development, and wider social and economic transformation.
Quality & Standards
“A smart approach to social and economic development is to draw from the wealth of expertise and experience embedded in international standards to achieve competitiveness on world markets and improve the quality of life in developing economies”
Alan Bryden, Former Secretary-General of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)
This includes National Standards Bodies, as well as their appropriate local partners (e.g. in trade, technology, community, finance, National Visions, institutions).
Also participarting are the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the Smart Partnership Brussels Hub (including the ACP Ambassadors).
The Quality & Standards Initiative contributes towards raising awareness, as well as encouraging the active involvement of developing countries in international standardisation.
It reports and contributes to ISO’s yearly international meetings (ISO’s committee for developing countries DEVCO ), and also shares its findings with the Commonwealth Heads of Government, as well as meetings of Commonwealth Central Bankers.
Key Participants have come from
Europe: Britain (BSI – the British Standards Institute), Cyprus, Malta and the Brussels Smart Partnership Hub (including ACP Ambassadors).
International Organisations: such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Southern, East & West Africa, including national standards bureaus from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda and TradeMark East Africa.
Caribbean & North America, including CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and its members from Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Montserrat, St.Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago.
South East Asia/Pacific, including Malaysia and Singapore.
CPTM Contribution to the 2022 Commonwealth Head of Government Summit
CPTM Central Bank Governors’ Think Tanking, July 2019.
CPTM Recommendations to DEVCO / ISO General Assembly, 2019; “Enhancing the role of National Bureau of Standards in shaping the National Data Strategies for achieving Adaptive Flexibility.
CPTM Recommendations to DEVCO / ISO General Assembly, 2018; “Optimising the use of Data & Digital Technology.
CPTM Recommendations to DEVCO / ISO General Assembly, 2016; “Shaping and Carrying Forward National Visions: The New Strategic Value of NSBs in the Digital Age.
Interaction between International Telecommunications Union & CPTM, on Financial Inclusion & digital financial services, 2015.
CPTM Submission to CARICOM, July 2015: “Increasing The Value of Quality & Standards Through CPTM Smart Partnership Practice
ISO & CPTM;“The Value of standards and Smart Partnership practice for accelerating economic and social transformation”, 2014.
Smart Partnership Dialogue 2013; Interactive Dialogues.
Smart Partnership Dialogue 2013: “Leveraging Technology for Africa’s socio-economic transformation; The Smart Partnership Way”.
3rd Smart Partners’ Think Tanking Dialogue with the Brussels Smart Partnership Hub, October 2011