Since its establishment, AKMS has been seeking to communicate with international and Arab institutions, to widen out mutual membership in order to acquire more knowledge and exchange experiences and to ultimately serve the Arab community. The Society is a member of the following committees and groups:
Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)
AKMS was awarded membership in the British Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA), which helps the Society to benefit from the expertise, skills and programs of the Institute, as well as be in touch with the latest achievements in the fields of quality management and applications.
This development is a result of the relentless efforts and aspirations of AKMS to hold strategic partnerships with leading specialized Arab and international institutions and societies in various sectors.The Society seeks to establish, through such partnerships, scientific and practical bases and principles in various management and technical fields in the Arab world, to foster knowledge and management advancements, based on its practical and scientific capabilities and to bolster cooperation with a large network of qualified international institutes at the global level.
ISO Technical Committee 176 for International Standards and Specifications. (ISO TC 176)
AKMS was the first Arab non-profit organization to become a member of one of the technical committees of the International Standardization Organization (ISO). The Society applied and was accepted in 1994 to join the most important ISO committee, ISO/TC 176/SC2.
This came upon a recommendation by the Board of Trustees’ Chairman to emphasize the Society’s interest in keeping pace with current developments, and in order to provide more advantages for the Society’s members in particular and for the Arab world in general. This committee was responsible for setting and developing ISO 9000 specifications in the current century. ISO 9000 has been considered the most important and well-known specification in the world over the past ten years.
The Society’s membership in this committee is a representative one, as active membership is limited to official national standardization institutions. It is worth mentioning that AKMS is one of only two Arab representatives that have joined the ISO/TC 176 committee, the other Arab organization being the Egyptian Standardizations Organization. So far, no other Arab organizations have joined this committee.
In 1998, Mr. Khaled Abu-Osbeh, the Society’s representative and the Executive Manager of the Consultancy Systems in Talal Abu-Ghazaleh and Co. in Jordan, was elected to join a group of experts called ISO/TC 176/SC 2/WG 18. This group of experts laid down the ISO specifications. This was an unprecedented event because representative members had previously not been allowed to join special expert committees. In addition, the AKMS delegate was elected to membership of other subcommittees as a result of the Society’s distinguished contribution.
In October 2001, during the committees’ meetings held in the British city of Birmingham, the Society was accepted as a member of the ISO/TC 176 committee and was invited to participate in the ISO/TC 176/SC3 committee, in recognition of its active role in the ISO/TC 176/SC2 committee.
ICANN At-Large Structure (ICANN)
On October 31, 2002, the ICANN Board of Directors approved a new set of by-laws, according to which the At-Large Advisory Committee and the supporting at-large committees were established and authorized.
These by-laws, the outcome of the reform process conducted by ICANN in the year 2002, were put into force on December 15, 2002. The by-laws called for the formation of the At-Large Advisory Committee that consists of 10 members, chosen by the At-Large regional committees, in addition to 5 other members selected by ICANN’s nominating committee.
In order to allow the Advisory Committee to commence its activity immediately, the transitional article of the temporary by-laws state that the board assigns 10 members (2 for each of ICANN’s 5 regions) to form an interim At-Large Advisory Committee. It was also decided that a network of self-organized and self-supported at-large structures should be formed to back the committee.
These structures were to be distributed all around the world and consist of Internet users at the national level or lower. The structures were also to be organized (whether existing or having recently been established for this purpose) in five At-Large regional committees (one committee in each ICANN region: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America).
The regional committees decided to direct the general contributions and the contributions by the remote regions, as well as to be the main platform and basic coordination center for public participation in ICANN for each region.
The Arab Information Club (ARABCIN)
The Arab Information Club (ARABCIN) was established on October 25, 1998 as an Arab academic non-governmental institution and a champion of the United Arab Assembly. AKMS was officially accepted as a member of the Arab Information Club at an executive office meeting held in Cairo on January 30, 2003.