SPEECH FOR EAST AFRICAN CABLES MANAGING DIRECTOR MR.
MUGO KIBATI, DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE
INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION (IEC) 100TH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS HELD AT SAFARI PARK HOTEL.
IEC REPRESENTATIVE, MR GABRIEL BARTA
KENYA NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF IEC PRESIDENT, ENG.
KENYA BUREAU OF STANDARDS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, AND
SECRETARY OF THE KENYA NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF IEC,
REPRESENTATIVES OF IEC AFRICA & OTHER PARTS OF THE
ALL PROTOCOLS OBSERVED
I am indeed honoured to stand in front of you today to make a few remarks
during this occasion that marks an important milestone in the history of the
International Electrotechnical Commission.
I wish to congratulate you for attaining 100 years of excellence! Your 100th
birthday signifies IEC’s consistent demonstration that it has continued to meet
and surpass its member’s expectations through its infancy years to this day.
During the past 100 years, there have been more inventions in the history of
mankind. This technological advancement coupled with worldwide trade
liberalization, demands a close complimentary relationship between standards
and business development. Indeed, in the international business arena, the
impact of standards and standardization will play a major role on how business
and markets develop.
East African Cables is extremely proud to be a member of the IEC Kenya
Chapter. I salute you all participants from all over the world who continue to
fulfil IEC’s mission to instil international standards for all electrical/electronic
and related technologies.
The launch of the Kenya National Committee of the IEC on September 2005, has
given our country the opportunity to influence international standardization
especially in conditions unique to the tropical climate. It is my hope our in-put
will be incorporated in the international standards.
Our gratitude goes out to the Kenya Bureau of Standards who have provided the
secretariat for Kenya National Committee of the IEC.
The theme of these celebrations, Electrification: Switching on Africa’s Potential
correlates aptly with East African Cables significant contribution to Kenya’s
Rural Electrification Programme via the provision of high quality cables which
meet IEC standards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to underscore the importance of supporting
the electrification of Africa and call upon my African counterparts to support this
endeavour to see this continent fully developed and Switched on!
We as Kenyans are proud to be one of the four members in Africa together with
Tunisia, Egypt and South Africa. We are happy to welcome Nigeria in the fold
as the fifth member. We have definitely achieved a landmark admission and
assure you that we shall live up to the expectations of the entire IEC community.
Furthermore, IEC has distinguished itself as the leading global organisation that
promotes human health and electricity safety and has contributed to the
protection of the environment as far as electrotechnology is concerned.
As a country, through the Kenya national Committee of the IEC we have
adopted IEC objectives. The legendary American President – Abraham Lincoln
once declared that “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of
men” and I would paraphrase of women as well! For example, we at East
African Cables, last year embarked on a campaign to raise awareness and
sensitize consumers on the risks of using sub-standard, fake or counterfeit cable
wiring. The campaign is ongoing and this year we intend to initiate lobbying for
an environmental safety policy on cable wiring. When it comes to safety, we
should be Lincolnesque and shout from the rooftops if we have to.
I would particularly like to encourage you to support this campaign at an even
broader level that will enable our Kenyan consumers to recognize electrical code
violations and sensitize various organs of government on the need to join the
Kenya Bureau of Standards in acting as watchdog on unscrupulous contractors
who continue to disregard the building code act with impunity – to disastrous
and deathly effect.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as technology becomes more complex, users and
consumers are becoming aware of their dependence on products whose design
and construction they may not understand. The distinguished – Albert Einstein
once decried the fact that wonderful applied science which ought to make life
easier brings so little happiness” because we have not learnt to make sensible use
He was of course referring to the application of his ideas towards the design and
development of the atomic bomb but he might as well have been referring to
peaceful applications of technology in the absence of ethical standards! It’s up to
us as an industry to reassure consumers that our products are reliable, safe and
durable and meet the expectations of the end consumer.
I would like to commend IEC for making it possible to trade across the boarders
through the organisations multilateral conformity assessment schemes, based on
its international standards. This has reduced trade barriers caused by different
certification criteria in various countries and has helped our industries to open
up to new markets.
This enables manufacturers such as East African Cables the confidence to
venture into new markets and pursue a policy of aggressive marketing that looks
into export market opportunities available in the entire region. The Macedonian
emperor – Alexander the Great – upon learning the existence of the “worlds” in
the universe lamented to the point of shedding tears that with such an infinite
number of worlds,”we have not conquered one!”.
Such was his ambition and drive for dominance and such should be the ambition
and drive for excellence and coverage for both East African Cables – in its export
drive – and the IEC – in its drive to expand chapters across the world!
East African Cables has steadily continued to register marked growth in all
classes of business. Our recent technical and commercial partnership with
world-class cable maker, Nexan who adhere to IEC standards, has also served to
further foster our growth. This partnership has enhanced our company’s
strength and capacity due to East African Cables access to their Laboratories
hence enabling us to develop our business and meet the demands of a growing
Ladies and Gentlemen, the faith and trust with which Kenyans have shown in
our organisation is laudable and it is in large part due to the high IEC standards
we have adhered to. Our continued growth in our sales and market coverage
bears testimony to the steadfast trust our customers have in our capacity to
provide quality products and services.
I congratulate IEC for having come this far. No doubt you have established
yourselves and proved beyond reasonable doubt that you are a leading global
Thank you for your support and as key stakeholders we shall continue to adhere
to the standards set by IEC to ensure the end user receives improved quality of
life by contributing to safety, human health and the protection of the
With this few remarks, it is now my pleasure to declare this IEC centenary event