WORLD METROLOGY DAY 20TH MAY 2020
1.THE MOTTO OF WORLD METROLOGY DAY MAY 2020
The Mottto of 2020 World Metrology day is “measurement for global trade”
2. History of Metrology Day
The date marks the beginning of a formal international collaboration in metrology when the first mesurement treaty was signed. On May 20, 1875, at a specially convened diplomatic conference, the Metre Convention (Convention du Mètre) was signed by Government special envoys from 17 states agreed on the coordination of measurement.The signing of of Metre Convention saw the Creation of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures(BIPM). The function of BIPM is to develop measurement standards and define the International System of Units (SI Units) and desseminate the progress to member states. In the wake of Metre Convention the following associated organizations were set up to oversee the running of BIPM:
• the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) as a supreme authority,
• and the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) as a working body acting between CGPM sessions, which exercise guidance and supervision over the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).
The most important and effective tools of this day are information promotion and distribution accompanied by conferences and exhibitions, where advanced concepts of measurement techniques, cutting-edge instruments and equipment are demonstrated; discussions, meetings, presentations, training sessions, master classes, webcasts, etc.
The best practice in most countries is that, exhibition/congress project is the duty of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and of institutions responsible for metrology (i.e in case Tanzania, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards and Weights and Measures Agency and College of Business Education through its departrment of Legal and Industrial Metrology).
Metrology day is a communication platform that promote cooperation in the Measurement System with the aim of meeting the requirements of the country and of society for highprecision measurements.
3.The value of metrology
Metrology is not a goal but a tool to ensure the safety and quality of products and services. This concept is the basis of encouraging more active participation of both instrument makers, repairers, regulators and companies specializing in product promotion in Tanzania and international markets.
The World Metrology Day, is most significant event which benefit economic growth by taking into account that Accurate Measurements is the Basis of Quality and Safety. It supports economic diversification and empowerment for inclusive, sustainable development. Metrology has become the Aid for Trade. By addressing the supply-side capacity and traderelated infrastructure constraints of developing, and in particular least developed countries.
These trade based economic benefits are not the only benefits that metrology offers. Metrology produce a quantitative value on the benefits of accurate measurement in sectors such as health, safety, social, energy and environmental (i.e measurement of pollutants, pesticides, toxic substances and greenhouse gas emissions).