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Globalisation and technological advancements have brought the need for standardisation in order to improve international competitiveness

Lahore, October 24, 2012 (PPI-OT): Rapid globalisation and technological advancements have brought in the need for standardisation in Pakistan in order to improve international competitiveness and to solve socio-economic and environmental issues.

This was the crux of the speeches delivered at a seminar arranged by Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the occasion of World Standard Day on Wednesday.

The LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, Director General PSQCA Pir Baksh Jamali, Deputy Directors PSQCA Dr Shahzad Afzal, Yaseen Akhtar, Ahmad Nadeem, Chairman Technical Committee for Halal Food Standards, Dr Hamed K Latif, Dr Saira Siddique, Dr Shafique, Saeed Akhtar, Engineer Ahmad Saeed, Engineer Mohammad Imran and Secretary Science and Technology Ikhlaq Ahmad Tarar were the prominent speakers.

The LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, in his opening remarks, said that there was a dire need to give awareness to the business community in general and the exporters in particular about the importance of standardisation in doing business with the outer world.

He said that the PSQCA was doing the needful through a network of offices and the businessmen should avail their expertise. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue to extend cooperation to the PSQCA in all its endeavours aimed at giving guidance to the business community.

Director General of PSQCA Pir Baksh Jamali said that. Pakistan has signed at least 14 MoUs with various countries mainly Middle Eastern states for mutual co-operation in the field of quality and standard besides international acceptance of Pakistani products. The DG PSQCA further claimed that standardisation for Halal products was developed while the same were being developed for 62 items concerned with Plant Protection department.

Recently PSQCA has signed an agreement with the Bureau of Indian Standards and hopefully through this agreement the PSQCA would facilitate the trade of cement and other items to India by mutual acceptance of standards and conformity of assessment procedures.

He expressed his satisfaction and pleasure that more than 2000 standards developers from Industry, R and D organisations, universities, professional associations and NGOs were voluntarily participating in more than 150 technical committees of the PSQCA.

He said that barrier-free trade is an ultimate and indispensable reality of the world. Indeed, Pakistani companies must also remain vigilant about the development of international standards and practice involvement in the process. PSQCA is providing a platform to the Pakistani industry to participate in the international standardisation activities of the ISO, IEO and OIML.

Energy conservation and efficiency are the hot issues of Pakistan. PSQCA has adopted minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). MEPSs are one of the quickest and most effective means of removing inefficient products, services and practices from the market.

The Chairman, Technical Committee for Halal Standards Dr Hamed K Latif stressed the need for community participation in preparation of Halal standards. He said that an awareness campaign about halal standards should be launched with the active participation of Ulema and Scholars.

Dr Shaifique, Advisor Quality Assurance, Institute of Quality and Technology Management University of Punjab, gave a detailed presentation on as to how the standards increase efficiency and decrease waste.

He said that the standards issue has come to the centre-stage as global challenges like sustainability, and financial uncertainty means that organisations are challenged to achieve better efficiency. It helps organisations maximise profits and meet their goals, and is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment.

Dr Saira Siddique spoke on healthcare standards in Pakistan and called for formations of committees to improve healthcare standards in different parts of the country.

Dr Shahzad Afzal, Deputy Director PSQCA said that the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has developed a wide range of standards for products, services, health, safety and environment etc.

These standards have been formulated in the light of parameters set by International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), International Electro Technical Commission (HEC) and International Organisation on Legal Metrology (OLML).

The standards bring together experience of experts. For a company to remain competitive and gain new customers, it needs to maintain competitive prices and high quality. Additionally, Pakistan Standards also provides social benefits such as consumer protection. They help to harmonise technical specifications of products and services.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854

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