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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Oct 16, 2014

Standardisation helps reduce trade deficit: Jabbar

Thursday, October 16, 2014
– Karachi—Standardisation is an answer to reducing trade deficit and it
provides a common platform for fair competition amongst producers and
manufacturers of different segments of gross domestic produce of the
country, says Engr. M.A. Jabbar. Talking to media here on Wednesday,
Engr. M.A. Jabbar, Director of Board of Pakistan Standards Quality
Control Authority (PSQCA) and former vice president of FPCCI, and Member
of Board of Governors of Sustainable Development Policy Institute, said
the World Standards Day is being celebrated during this month with the
selected theme of ‘Standards Level The Playing Field’.

concept of the theme is just and fair understanding of philosophy of
political economy. A level-playing field sought by least developed
countries and developing countries in conducting global trade has a real
sense value encompassed by the standards which provides a common
platform for fair competition. Above all, the satisfaction of consumers
and fair valuing the resource of earning paid for in acquiring the
produce, product and service is fundamental to the standards against
which the saleable and consumable ingredients for the civil societies
are brought in the market, he said. Engr. M.A. Jabbar said the beauty
of the standards is the available trace ability against which the
manufacturers of economic segments can self corrects themselves against
the received complaints from consumers.

He said with the passage
of time the things are improving and products amongst the voluntary
standards are registering the increase and as such the theme itself
testifies to the requirements that standards common to the production
are just and fair tools and it also levels the playing field. Pakistan
is signatory and member of the ISO-International Organization for
Standardization and as such is also having status of focal point in the
world trade organizations. The package deal in the WTO in terms of the
political economy of the world trading is based on common trade rules to
include agreement on technical barriers to trade (TBT). The compliance
of the packages in total is the requirement for all the member

One can say standards in terms of domestic
requirement and in terms of international or global requirements have
same significance and obligations for the country to legislate,
harmonize the laws amongst the countries and establish the regulatory or
evaluation and monitory frame-works to carry on the surveillance of the
economy to grow amid harmony. He said Pakistan has legislated Pakistan
Standards Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) which is playing its role
under the guidance of Ministry of Science and Technology. In addition
several thousand voluntary standards, mandatory requirements of
standardization are also extended which presently are less than 100 in

In the larger interest of providing level playing field
and above all “ prevention is better than cure,” keeps the economy move
forward with least cost in curing the mishaps. The world standard day
celebrations and remembrances towards the need of standardization is
independently directed to raise awareness to sustain by also not
forgetting to pay tributes to the collective wisdom exercised by
thousands of technocrats who have developed standards within the
standards setting organizations in their respective countries. In the
paradigm of economy of Pakistan we find the growth of imports twice of
the export level value.

Engr. M.A. Jabbar opined that the answer
probably should lay in increasing the domestic product standardization
against which imports of similar products may decrease their value
shares. The share of similar products through domestic manufacturing
can be secured, increased by standardization to satisfy the preferred
choice of consumers to buy quality products at affordable price. He
said the exports in the globe are becoming subject of filtration of the
standards in the country of imports. The harmonization among the club
countries of standards is another available opportunity to export the
same product with same standard to club countries. For increasing our
exports, our rescue is again to consider standardizing for bidding a
fair competition without being made subject of unnecessary TBT and NTB

We have an answer to reduce the gap between export
and import values of ours referred to the domestic economic performance
based on adopting standards for manufacturing. Economies through
standards driven manufacturing move from factor driven to innovations
and with the passage of time, the growth of the economy also reduces the
poverty, the ultimate objective with which the political governments
are equipped for implementation as political agenda. Pakistan is a
factor driven economy and it can move forward towards efficient economy
with the help of increasing of awareness level, advocacy to force the
adoption of standards with the aid of civil society in the economic well
being of the people

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