The 8th ARSO Continental Essay Competition 2021

The African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) is Africas intergovernmental standards body formed by OAU (currently AU) and UNECA in 1977 in Accra Ghana. The fundamental mandate of ARSO is to develop tools for standards development, standards harmonization and implementation of these systems to enhance Africa’s internal trading capacity, increased Africas product and service competitiveness globally, and uplift of the welfare of African consumers as well as standardization forum for future prospects in international trade referencing.

ARSO Continental Essay Competition

Every year, ARSO requests all the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) in Africa to organise the essay competition at the National level and send out the attached documents (8th Continental Essay Concept Paper and Registration Form) to the various Universities /Colleges for the competition.

The NSB is expected to conduct the competition at the National level. This entails sending out the relevant documents to Colleges/ Universities, receiving the essays from the participants, doing the assessment and awarding or giving recognition to the winners as appropriate to the NSB.

The ARSO Continental Essay Competition organizers are inviting students in institutions of higher learning in Africa (Colleges/ Universities approved by their local commission of higher education) to submit their essays on the theme: “The role of Standardisation in promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage – The Creative Economy in Africa.” to their respective National Standards Bodies (NSBs) email addresses.


There will be two levels of winners

At Regional level

  • 1st position- USD 500
  • 2nd position- USD 300
  • 3rd position- USD 200

At Continental Level

  • 1st position- (male and female) each USD 1000
  • 2nd position- USD 800
  • 3rd position- USD 500


  • This Competition is open to citizens of all African countries below the age of 35years living in Africa and studying in a university/college recognised by the local commission for university education or equivalent body in their countries.
  • Essays should be between 1000 and 1200 words
  • Essays must be submitted in English or French.
  • Essays should be double spaced and presented in Century Gothic, size 12.

How to Apply

Download the documents below to apply for the ARSO Continental Essay Competition;

  1. 8th Essay Competition Concept 2021 English
  2. ARSO CACO EC Form1 2021 – Registration form ENG

Deadline: 4th June 2021


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