Recent and ongoing SIS projects and activities


Support to increased capacity in standardization and implementation of standards in Bolivia, focus on water sector.

  • Duration: 2018-2020 (ongoing)
  • Participating countries: Bolivia
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

The project in Bolivia focuses on building institutional capacity of Bolivia’s standardization organization IBNORCA. It is aims at developing, adopting and promoting the use of standards related to improved water quality in Bolivia.

Some of the results so far are; full membership of ISO; active participation in several ISO technical committees; sales of standards online; an active mirror committee in the water sector; adoption of four standards related to waste water treatment; development of online course material for three standards; AMN (Asociacion Mercosur de Normalizacion) General Assembly held in Bolivia for the first time.

Support Quality Infrastructure in Agadir Countries

  • Duration: 2014-2018
  • Participating countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan
  • Lead implementer: Swedac (Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment)
  • SIS area of responsibility: Harmonization of voluntary standards in selected product areas
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

The overall aim of the project was to harmonize the quality infrastructure between the Agadir countries with three main pillars:

1. Harmonization of mandatory requirements and trade regulations (implemented by the National Board of Trade)
2. Harmonization of voluntary standards (implemented by SIS)
3. Harmonization of accreditation systems (implemented by Swedac).

SIS worked closely with the National Standards Bodies and other stakeholders in the region to improve the systems and structures necessary for harmonization of voluntary standards. The process also included reviewing structures of the European standardization system (CEN/CENELEC) as well as the regional standardization organization (AIDMO) and the Agadir Technical Unit (ATU).

Capacity Building in International Standard Setting in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

  • Duration: 2016-2017
  • Participating countries: 15 countries in the West Africa region
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

All National Standard Bodies in the fifthteen member states of ECOWAS were involved in the project. They focused on two standardization processes that were ongoing at the time (ISO/TC 34 on Food Products and ISO/TC 59 on Construction) as these sectors are of specific value and relevance to the region. Public and private sector representatives were involved in the standardization process.

Trade promotion through standardization in the East African Community (EAC) region

  • Duration: 2012-2017
  • Participating countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

The project aimed to build capacity of NSBs in the EAC region to develop and influence international standards. The project was implemented in close cooperation with the East African Community Secretariat. Other participants in the project represented companies, institutes, universities, governmental bodies and NGOs from the five member states of EAC. The focus areas were:

  • Enhancing the competence of NSBs in the EAC region in leading and executing the standard setting process in cooperation with the private and public sector on a national and an international level. Using ISO 13065 on sustainability criteria for bioenergy as the pilot standard.
  • Strengthening the competence of NSBs to support standard implementation, using ISO 14067 on carbon footprint of products as the pilot standard.
  • Strengthening the competence of selected companies in standard implementation

Trade promotion through standardization in the South- and Southeast Asia (SESA) region

  • Duration: 2012-2017
  • Participating countries: Viet Nam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

This project ran parallel to the project in the EAC region and had the same objective and components. It focused on enhancing the capacity of National Standard Bodies in standard setting and increasing the involvement of private and public sectors in the process. The other part of the project was standard implementation by existing or potential exporters. Three standards were used, ISO 13065 on sustainability criteria for bioenergy, ISO/TS 14067 on carbon footprint of products and ISO 14001 on environmental management.

Introducing the MENA region to carbon footprint of products through standardisation

  • Duration: 2009-2011
  • Participating countries: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco.
  • Funding by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

SIS supported national standardisation organisations in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region to set international standards by organising workshops, pre-seminars before ISO meetings and facilitating participation in ISO technical committee (TC) and working group (WG) meetings. The standard used was ISO 14067 on Carbon Footprint of Products. Participants in the project represented companies, institutes, universities, governmental bodies and NGOs from countries in the region.


2019 - World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden

SIS presented together with Bolivia’s national standard body (IBNORCA) and Bolivia’s Ministry for Environment and Water on the benefits of standards, water related standards and the project between SIS and IBNORCA.

2013 - WTO 9th Ministerial meeting on Trade and Development. Bali, Indonesia

SIS held a seminar on the importance of standards and the development of international standards in relation to good governance, sustainable development and global trade.

2013 - Second Workshop on Sustainable business in Namibia. Windhoek, Namibia

SIS together with the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI), Namibian Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) and local partners arranged a workshop on Sustainable Business in Namibia. It highlighted the importance of private sector involvement in national and international standard setting activities.

2013 – WTO Public Forum Geneva “Climate related standards and green economy: opportunities and challenges for developing countries in South Asia and East Africa”. Geneva, Switzerland

SIS arranged a seminar to raise awareness on the conditions under which developing countries adopt, develop and use international standards and the impact on trade and global markets. The seminar focused on climate change and sustainability related standards.

2012 - SIS at Rio+20 Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With support from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SIS together with the International Trade Center (ITC) arranged a seminar on environmental standards and the opportunities and challenges that developing countries face in promoting trade and sustainable development.

2012 - Workshop on sustainable business in Namibia. Windhoek, Namibia

SIS in cooperation with Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) conducted a workshop on “Sustainable Business in Namibia”. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the concept of sustainable business and how to integrate sustainability into the business model of SMEs and entrepreneurs.

2011 – ISO 26000 and CSR seminars. Johannesburg, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana.

SIS was invited by the Swedish Trade Council (Business Sweden) to participate in seminars on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The seminars were arranged to give, local and Swedish companies represented in the region an opportunity to increase their knowledge, discuss and ask questions, all related to CSR issues.

2011 - Bioenergy workshop. Nairobi, Kenya.

SIS organized together with Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) a workshop with focus on the ISO 13065 standard on sustainability criteria for bioenergy. Together with experts from Germany, Canada and the Netherlands, SIS discussed with stakeholders from East African Community (EAC) and South- and Southeast Asia regions.

2009 - The Stockholm conference on “Climate change, trade and standardization - with a development perspective” (CCTS)

SIS and the Swedish National Board of Trade organized the conference. The purpose was to introduce initiatives and activities to develop the capacity in developing countries to take advantage of the increasing climate change-related trade. 90 participants from more than 50 developing countries attended the conference.