Standards in Trade Workshop for South-East Asia
Apr 27-May 08, 1998 ( Gaithersburg, MD )
NIST hosted its first two-week Standards in Trade Workshop for eight of the countries in Southeast Asia on April 27 - May 8, 1998. Twenty-four participants from the private and public sectors of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam attended. A representative of the ASEAN Secretariat also participated.
Participants were introduced to U.S. standards development and conformity assessment activities, metrology, the U.S. regulatory process, and the National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) which is the U.S. World Trade Organization (WTO) inquiry point. Presentations highlighting the role of the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Department of State (DoS) in fostering international trade were also given. The U.S.- Asia Environmental Partnership Program and the Health Industry Manufacturers Association also addressed the group. An important session of the workshop, moderated by the representative of the ASEAN Secretariat, focused on conformity assessment systems in Southeast Asia. A representative of each of the invited countries described the similarities and differences among the systems, thereby providing a very valuable opportunity for U.S. representatives to gain a better understanding of conformity assessment activities in the Southeast Asia region.
Possible areas for future collaboration were identified on the last day of the workshop during the final forum. Significant interest was voiced with regard to having more exchanges and specialized workshops on traceability and proficiency testing. The workshop participants devised strategies for technical cooperation among themselves and discussed possibilities for greater regional cooperation. Personal and professional relationships were established from which to draw for follow-up activities and on which to continue to build trust and mutual confidence.
- To familiarize participants with U.S. technology and practices in metrology, standardization, testing and certification.
- To become more familiar with practices within South-East Asia.
- To identify similarities and differences in our systems.
- To describe and understand the role of government and of the private sector in setting and using standards.
- To develop professional contacts as a basis for strengthening our technical ties and enhancing trade between our countries.
Ministry of Development
|Indonesia||National Accreditation Body Indonesia|
|Indonesia||Center for Standardization|
|Indonesia||Agency for Agribusiness|
|Laos||Ministry of Commerce and Tourism|
|Philippines||Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation|
|Philippines||Bureau of Food and Drugs|
|Philippines||Bureau of Product Standards|
|Philippines||Industrial Technology Development Institute|
|Philippines||Metals Industry Research and Development Center|
|Thailand||The Siam Cement Public Company, Ltd.|
|Thailand||Thai Industrial Standards Institute|
|Vietnam||Directorate for Standards and Quality|
|Vietnam||Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment|