Appointment of new Affiliate Leader
Focus on regional development
The IEC Affiliate Country Programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has a new Affiliate Leader: Phuntsho Wangdi of Bhutan.
Wangdi replaces Carlos Rodríguez, Executive Director of INTECO, the Costa Rican Institute of Technical Standards, who was Affiliate Leader from 2006 to 2011. Rodríguez was a driving force in the expansion of the Programme. In his five years of leadership, 16 new countries joined, five of those in Latin America. He encouraged the establishment of NECs (national electrotechnical committees) and was instrumental in the creation of Affiliate Plus status for the countries that make full use of the Programme.
With the new Leader in place, the Programme strengthens its regional representation. The Leader represents all Affiliates, but Wangdi will also be able to focus more on the region he comes from, Asia, to help participating countries to become more active in the Programme and to invite new countries from the region.
Rodríguez will continue to bring his support to the Programme by coordinating the participation of Affiliate Countries in Latin America, in close collaboration with IEC-LARC (IEC Latin America Regional Centre),
The Programme already has an Affiliate Coordinator for Africa in the person of Evah Oduor, who is also a Vice-President of AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) responsible for CA (Conformity Assessment).
Meeting new challenges
Wangdi brings to the Programme new ideas as well as the experience of meeting challenges faced by a newly-born standards organization. He will be able to understand the needs of developing countries and, by sharing his experience, help them meet their own challenges.
Getting to know Phuntsho Wangdi
Phuntsho Wangdi is Director of the newly-established BSB (Bhutan Standards Bureau). His previous position was that of Director in SQCA (Standards & Quality Control Authority), in the Ministry of Works & Human Settlement of Bhutan.
Wangdi holds a degree in civil engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, India, and is one of the Board Directors of SARSO (South Asian Regional Standards Organization). He represents Bhutan in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) conferences and workshops. Besides Bhutan, the seven other SAARC Member States are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. All but the Maldives are either IEC Members or participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme.
Affiliate Leader: the voice of the Affiliates
The IEC Affiliate Leader is nominated by the IEC General Secretary to act as the Affiliates' collective voice with the IEC governing bodies.
With the support of the Affiliate Secretariat, based at the IEC Central Office in Geneva, Switzerland, the Affiliate Leader is responsible for:
During IEC General Meetings, the Affiliate Leader conducts the Affiliate Heads of Delegations at IEC Council and represents all Affiliate Countries in the SMB (Standardization Management Board) and CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) meetings. Each year, he also submits a report on the Affiliate Country Programme to the SMB and CAB.