AFSEC Vision

AFSEC’s vision is to...

Enhance Africa’s development and competitiveness through excellence in electrotechnical standardization.

AFSEC Mission

AFSEC’s Mission is to...

Promote, through its members, an inter-African cooperation for everything related to standardisation and related issues;

Such as the assessment of compliance with the standards, in the fields of electricity, electronics and related technologies.

AFSEC Mandates



Recommending harmonized standards for implementation.


Harmonizing existing standards to African conditions.


Developing the conformity assessment of electrical equipment.


Identification and prioritization of standard’s needs.


Identifying, in case of need, draft standards to be developed by AFSEC.

Strategic Goals

Strategic Goal 1:


  • Establish full-time secretariat
  • Identify technical expertise in member countries
  • Increase the statutory membership
  • Deliver outputs relevant to the AU objectives
  • Establish value-added deliverables that
  • could be a source of income

Strategic Goal 2:

Innovation and Competitiveness

  • Anticipate market trends (renewable energy)
  • Providing standardization platform connecting all key stakeholders
  • Foster involvement of Academia and Research in standardization
  • Providing a system that can attract and increase-industry participation and supporting the growing need for cooperation between sectors

Strategic Goal 3:


  • Use a single system of globally accepted electro-technical standards
  • Enhance the recognition as the preeminent authority in electrotechnical standardization
  • Foster the involvement of all African stakeholders through their NEC
  • Promote the African standardization Harmonisation Model (ASHAM)

Strategic Goal 4:

Africa Society Consumer’s Confidence

  • Improve market recognition of Africa Standardization cooperation with ARSO and PAQI
  • Enhance the partnership with the AUC under AFCFTA and to cooperate with related parties in the development and effective implementation of obligations under TBT through joint work and formed sub-committees.
  • To develop and maintain the recognition of AFSEC as an influential contributor in the development of African Regulatory Initiatives.

Roadmap based on AFSEC Strategic Goals

  • Enhance the recognition of AFSEC as the preeminent authority in electro-technical standardization.
  • Providing standardization platform connecting all key stakeholders.
  • Foster the involvement of all African stakeholders through their NEC
  • Increase the Statutory Membership, encouraging their involvement in technical work of AFSEC.
  • Develop mechanisms for technical collaboration among TCs.
  • Foster involvement of Academia in standardization with Young Professionals providing a system that can attract and increase industry participation.
  • Promoting Conformity Assessment
  • Developing AFSEC Guides
  • Design & structure a new AFSEC Website, also the Domain will be registered in Egypt and Database from the old website in South Africa.

Why Harmonized Standardization is important for the African Continent

Why Harmonized Standardization is important for the African Continent

  • Improve cost effective sustainable access to electricity.
  • Improve technical skills covering electro-technical fields.
  • Develop informed users of electro-technical Standards.
  • Increase the efficiency of the industrial processes achieving considerable savings in the design and improving quality products and services.
  • Support conformity systems for improved quality products.
  • Facilitate the trade on the African continent by removing the different technical barriers thus opening up new markets and furthering economic integration and economic growth within AfCFTA (annex 6 TBT).
  • Provide the framework to promote harmony; by collective cooperation among IEC full members and IEC affiliates in Africa.
  • Contribute to the improvement of the health and safety of persons and to the protection of the environment in Africa.