World Standards Day Celebrated
"International Standards Ensure positive change"
Ethiopian standard Agency celebrated World Standard Day by organizing a discussion forum with its stakeholders and customers on 10 October 2013 at Harmony Hotel, Addis Ababa. The International Standards Day will be marked for the 44th time internationally and 17th time locally. The day being celebrated under a theme" International standards Ensure positive change."
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Abdissa Yilma, Technology advisor of Minstry of Science and Technology opens the discussion forum on behalf of Honorable Minister Demitu Hambesia, appreciated the fact that the Agency is working seriously to preparing new national standards for every sector from local products we utilized daily in our home like Injera to huge construction projects and government purchases .
He pointed out, During the GTP,the agency is working to prepare 10,000 Ethiopian standards.
Abdissa also pointed out the implementation of compulsory standards should be given huge priority since they have a direct relation with Nation's health and security and the Agency has to work hard on it.
Agency Director General Mrs . Almaz kahsay on her part said standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. This means they help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down international trade.
That setting up standards for goods and services is essential to advance the economy of the county transforming the country to a better level by improving effectiveness and competitiveness so that its products could enter into the international markets.
She also mentioned that, the custom of using standards in Ethiopia is in the early stage of development as compared to developed countries and most suppliers dump their products and Services under the name of free market economic system as a result of this they affected our public safety .The Agency is striving to prepare standards for these products and services.
On the Other Hand, Agency standard Development Directorate Director Mr. Legesse Gebre explained that the plan to prepare 10,000 standards during the GTP is well in progress. The plan is formulated because most of the goods and services produced in the country have not had standards, he said.
One of the seven strategies of the agency is increasing the number of compulsory standards and influencing executive bodies to implement standards.
He also said that currently there are 122 compulsory standards which are formulated in accordance with WTO-TBT requirements.
Besides compulsory standards, the agency is working to expand voluntary standards.
Opening session of the discussion electronic and print media journalists gave a comprehensive coverage of the event.
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