IEC-LARC Regional Manager Amaury Santos made a series of country visits during the year, notably to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
From left: Julio Santana, General
Director DIGENOR, Manuel Diaz
Portocarrero, Executive Secretary
COPANT, Peter Clark, President of
COPANT at the time, and Jacques
Régis, President IEC
The COPANT General Assembly took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in May. The IEC was represented by President Jacques Régis and by Amaury Santos. Santos presented the IEC activities relevant to the IEC-LARC, emphasizing the importance of remaining up to date with current projects. He also expressed the willingness of the IEC-LARC to support numerous COPANT activities.
Santos made several visits to Chile. In August, he was a speaker at the 13th Annual Dinner of the AIE (Asociación de la Industria Eléctrica-Electrónica), the Electrical and Electronics Industry Association of Chile, where he presented international standardization and the IEC to an audience of electrotechnical professionals in a country not yet part of the IEC Family.
He returned in September to attend the AIE Electrical Standardization seminar held at INACAP, the Vocational and Technical Training Institute of the Technical University of Chile. The event was transmitted by videoconference to the university's campuses in Antofagasta, La Serena, Iquique, Chillán, Puerto Montt, Rancagua, Los Angeles and Concepción. Students and teaching staff were also able to participate from these locations and put their questions to the speakers. The objective of the workshop was to provide stakeholders in the field of electrical energy with up-to-date information about the situation of electrical standardization in Chile. The AIE is one of the organizations working to set up a Chilean national committee with the aim of applying for IEC membership.
FINCA (the Forum of IEC National Committees of the Americas) held its annual meeting in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Members of FINCA are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States of America. Amaury Santos was present and took this opportunity to update participants on IEC activities in the Latin American region.
Santos also represented the IEC at the IT (Information Technology) Quality and Certification Symposium and at the International Smart Grid Seminar, both in Brazil.
In December, Jacques Régis and Amaury Santos met with government authorities, industry leaders, the Mexican Nantional Committee of the IEC and COMENOR, the Mexican Board of Standardization and Conformity Assessment. Much of the discussion centred on using standardization as a means of mitigating climate change and harmonizing International Standards at the regional level.