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MSIT signs MoU with Tunisia in testing and certification, first in Africa (Aug. 13)

- Seven-month long online consultation culminates in success despite the COVID-19 crisis


The National Radio Research Agency (RRA) of the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) announced that the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT*), a Tunisian telecommunications authority, in order to cooperate in radio wave testing and certification and to understand the systems of each country, on August 13.
* Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT*): an affiliate organization of the Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, responsible for testing and certification of ICT products, enactment and revision of technical standards, and related research.


Located in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast, Tunisia requires radio wave testing and certification in the country for imported ICT products, imposing barriers to Korean companies because the process usually takes several months.


Korea's exports of ICT products to Tunisia in 2019 recorded 24.2 billion Korean won and major products are mobile phones, wireless internet devices, and ICT products for cars.


Under the new MoU, Korea and Tunisia will share the system, conduct joint research, exchange experts, and provide training with the aim of mutual understanding and cooperation on technical regulations, testing, and certification in ICT.


This is expected to help Korean SMEs to increase exports to Tunisia by providing information on testing, evaluation, certificate issuance process, and technical regulations.


In particular, this MoU carries significance as Korea's first MoU with an African country in radio testing and certification, laying the foundation for cooperation in Africa.


When this MoU expands to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement* (MRA), Korean companies can complete testing and certification in Korea without making a visit to Tunisia for exports.
* Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA): arrangement on mutual recognition of the results of conformity assessment, such as testing and certification


"Despite a host of difficulties in the way of international cooperation due to COVID-19, we could conclude the MoU after seven months of continuous consultation via e-mails and calls back and forth from this January," said RRA Administrator Kim Jeong-ryeol.


"Based on cooperation with Tunisia, the RRA will sign more MoUs with other African countries and expand MoUs into MRAs with Southeast Asian countries, thereby supporting exports of Korean ICT firms," added Administrator Kim.


For further information, please contact Deputy Director Song Kiheon (E-mail address : hOney@korea.kr) or Kim Cheongwon (E-mail address : cwkim1234@korea.kr) of the Ministry of Science and ICT.