From regional to national
The Bahamas became acquainted with the IEC Affiliate Country Programme through CARICOM(Caribbean Community and Common Market). The benefits of participating in the Programme were highlighted during a CROSQ (CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality) meeting in October 2010. With the assistance of Trinidad & Tobago and then Antigua & Barbuda, both CARICOM member countries and IEC Affiliates, a dialogue between the IEC and a Bahamian government official was established.
Serve national market, develop expertise
There was some degree of concern on the Bahamian side regarding participation in the programme, since the country doesn’t have an NSB (National Standards Body). The IEC Affiliate Secretariat rapidly quelled these concerns, since the Affiliate Country doesn’t have to be represented by an NSB. Any organization in the public or private sector that is able to identify and recommend IEC International Standards for national adoption in the field of electrotechnology can represent the country within the IEC Affiliate Country Programme.
The main objectives of the Programme are to encourage developing countries to adopt IEC International Standards at the national level and to acquire the expertise needed to contribute to standardization work. To meet those goals, the IEC helps Affiliates establish the necessary infrastructure, namely the NEC (National Electrotechnical Committee), involving stakeholders from the public and private sector.
The Bahamas join the Programme
In July, the Bahamas signed the Pledge, thus making their participation in the Programme official.URCA (Utilities Regulations and Competition Authority) will assume responsibility for the collaboration with the IEC and offer support as necessary. The contact person is Kathleen Smith, CEO of URCA.
A chain of islands in the North Atlantic
The Bahamas is a country consisting of more than 3 000 islands, cays, and islets. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of Florida, United States. In 2009, the country’s electricity production was estimated* to be 1,945 billion kWh, while its electricity consumption was 1,907 billion kWh. The Bahamian population is 316 182 (July 2012 estimate).