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Business News Pakistan

Published Date: Jul 18, 2012

Quality products complying standards can quantify South Asian exports in Global Market

“Adoption
and implementation of International standards can help quantify share of South
Asia’s exports in global market” said Iqbal Tabish, Secretary General of SAARC
Chamber of Commerce and Industry(SAARC CCI) in the kick-off meeting of the
standardization Project ” Workshop on Trade Promotion through Standardisation
in the South and South East Regions (SESA), commenced in Jakarta, Indonesia on
July 16, 2012.

The
workshop was jointly organized by National Standardisation Agency, Indonesia
(BSN), Sustainable Development Policy Institute(SDPI), Pakistan and South Asia
Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment(SAWTEE) supported by Swedish
Standards Institute (SIS).

” Products
complying standards contribute 90% of the Global trade while the share of South
Asian exports in global trade remains 1.5%, which clearly demonstrates the
inability of South Asia to produce quality products, complying international
standards” said Secretary General of SAARC CCI and demanded technical and
financial assistance for institutional capacity-building of the institutions
concerned.

He
emphasised for the need of undertaking study, identifying cost and benefits
analysis and developing inventory of products where carbon footprint and
sustainable criteria for bio-energy.

The
Swedish Standards Agency invited representatives including heads of business
associations/chambers/national standards agencies/academicians, researchers and
Government officials from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan Sri Lanka from South Asia
and Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam.

In
addition to Iqbal Tabish, SG, SAARC CCI, experts group from Pakistan comprised
Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Head Economic growth unit, SDPI, Mr. Ghulam Mohiuddin from
PSQCA and Kanwar Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Senior research Associate, SDPI who also
made presentation on Sustainable Criteria for Bio-energy, also participated
with future inputs.

For more
information, contact:
SAARC Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Apex Business Organization of SAARC
House No. 397, Street 64, I-8/3, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +9251 486 0611 -3, 831 6023
Fax: +9251 831 6024
Email: info@saarcchamber.org,
Website: www.saarcchamber.org