Dennis Chew, Regional Director IEC-APRC (IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre), accompanied Françoise Rauser, IEC Affiliate Country Programme Secretary, who – exceptionally this year – represented the IEC at the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ACCSQ (ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality) meeting held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in March 2011. An update on IEC activities and its Affiliate Country Programme was presented to the ASEAN assembly. IEC member countries in the region were invited to offer their support and mentor the countries that are participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme.
Six of the 10 ASEAN countries are IEC members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Four are Affiliates: Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR and Brunei Darussalam. The latter two countries were granted Affiliate Plus status in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Prior to attending the ASEAN meeting, they travelled to Vientiane, Lao, to provide training and guidance to the Lao NEC (National Electrotechnical Committee) and its stakeholders and stress the importance of actively participating in the Affiliate Country Programme.
In Cambodia, a special session was organized with ISC, the Institute of Standards of Cambodia, to help the country establish their NEC and upgrade to Affiliate Plus status.
Dennis Chew also participated in the APEC Joint Regulatory Advisory Committee on Electrical and Electronic Equipment Industry Seminar, in Chicago, USA, in May 2011.
APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The APEC members are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.
The location of APEC meetings rotates annually among the member economies. In 2011 it was the turn of the USA to host the series of meetings.
INN seminar focuses on IEC CA
As part of the Chilean NC’s official inauguration ceremony held on 5 April 2011 in Santiago de Chile, the NC held a Conformity Assessment seminar at which they invited IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis to speak.
The event was opened by Victor Ballivián, President of the Chilean NC, and Jack Nahmías, interim CEO of SEC (Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles).
Amaury Santos, Regional Manager, IEC-LARC (IEC Regional Centre for Latin America) made a presentation on the IEC CA Systems in general and gave an update on IECEx and IECQ activities and achievements. Osvaldo Petroni, a former Secretary and today Vice-President of the Argentinean NC, talked about the Argentinean experience in IECEE and the benefits Argentinean laboratories and NSBs have gained.
Energy symposium in Mexico
Santos represented the IEC at the opening ceremony of the 6th Latin American Energy Symposium in Mexico City in August 2011, held in the presence of Mexican authorities and industry leaders. Organized by CANAME, the Mexican National Chamber of the Electrical Industry, and ANCE, the Mexican Standardization and Certification Association, the event offered an exhibition and a series of technical panels addressing issues such as energy efficiency, electrical installations, power generation and distribution, renewable energies, Smart Grid, to name but a few.
Santos made a presentation in the panel on Latin America Electrical Market Evolution, chaired by Rafael Nava, Executive President of ANCE. The focus of his intervention was the increasing participation of Latin American countries in the IEC.
The symposium was a great opportunity for participants from the Latin American energy sector to share experiences and best practices.