TBS commemorates 2019 World Standards Day

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is the statutory organization under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment mandated to promote the development and application of standards as well as conformity assessment processes. Like all other national standards bodies in the world, TBS celebrates ISO World Standards Day every year whereas internationally it is celebrated each year on 14th October.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is the statutory organization under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment mandated to promote the development and application of standards as well as conformity assessment processes. Like all other national standards bodies in the world, TBS celebrates ISO World Standards Day every year whereas internationally it is celebrated each year on 14th October.
Even though 14th October was specifically chosen to mark the date, national standards bodies may celebrate the World Standards Day by observing the day near 14th October. This year Tanzania through Tanzania Bureau of Standards will commemorate the 2019 World Standards Day from 21st to 31st October whereby various activities will be conducted to mark the Day.
The World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year to honour the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. World Standards Day also pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.
Each year, ISO determines a theme based on a current aspect of standardization. This year’s World Standards Day is themed “Video standards create a global stage”.
Video is the modern medium of expression. Advances in the technology have changed our world, revolutionizing entertainment, connecting friends and families across the globe, enriching our communications experiences and enabling major improvements in medical care and education. International Standards meet industry demand for powerful compression capabilities. They also enable smooth transitions to the next generation of video compression technology, helping industry to maximize return on each wave of investment.
Having standards recognized and respected all over the world means that a video encoded on one device can be decoded by another regardless of the device being used. This introduces economies of scale that help to grow the market, giving innovators the confidence to invest in new video applications and services.
And video has also became more accessible, helping people worldwide to share their stories in vivid moving pictures. These gains in both the sophistication and accessibility of video are built on International Standards.
This year’s Tanzania celebration of the World Standards Day – “Video standards create a global stage” will focus on emphasizing the importance of World Standards Day; how national, regional and international standards are being developed; procedures and stages of standards development; and main responsibilities of respective key stakeholders in standards development processes, to mention a few.
The information will be delivered to the public in a period of ten days starting from 21st to 31st October through organized TV and Radio interviews, documentary, interviews with SMEs and students from selected schools, and use of social media such as Tweeter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs.
Essentially, standards play an essential role in promoting quality, consistency and dependability across a vast array of industries, providing major benefits to the global economy and to the lives of people around the world.
TBS is grateful for the sacrificial contributions of the hundreds-of-thousands of standards development participants as well as the standards development organizations at national, regional and international levels that support standards development. We encourage the standards communities at all aforementioned recognized levels to stand with TBS in support of standardization activities.

The author is Mr.Hamisi Sudi, Principal Standards Officer at Tanzania Bureau of Standards