Li says higher stan­dards key to man­u­fac­tur­ing up­grade

Pre­mier makes pledge in ad­dress to ISO meet­ing in Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By HUYONGQI huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang vowed onWed­nes­day to im­prove the com­pet­i­tive­ness and qual­ity of China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor by adopt­ing more in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The pre­mier made the vow while meet­ing more than 600 del­e­gates to the 39th Gen­eral Assem­bly of In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion, which opened on Mon­day in Bei­jing.

China is an ISO found­ing mem­ber, and Bei­jing is host­ing the event for the sec­ond time in 17 years.

China has be­come the largest pro­ducer of goods while main­tain­ing more than 100,000 gov­ern­men­tal stan­dards and more than 1 mil­lion cor­po­rate stan­dards, Li said.

“We are look­ing at im­prov­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and will pro­mote the deep in­te­gra­tion of ‘Made in China 2025’ with stan­dard­iza­tion work,” Pre­mier Li said.

The coun­try has at­tached top pri­or­ity to stan­dard­iza­tion work and must im­prove the qual­ity of sup­plies and ad­vance in­dus­trial upgrading based on higher in­ter­na­tional stan­dards to achieve medium and said.

Amid eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, more stan­dards should be cre­ated for new tech­nolo­giesandin­dus­tries to un­leash more re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties for new eco­nomic mo­men­tum, Li said.

His speech was in line with the State Coun­cil’s cam­paign to raise stan­dards and qual­ity for prod­ucts­made­byChi­nese pro­duc­ers.

In April, an ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing of the State Coun­cil set a tar­get to adopt more than 90 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for do­mes­tic equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing by 2020 in key sec­tors, es­pe­cially ro­bots, ad­vanced rail trans­porta­tion equip­ment, agri­cul­tural high-speed growth, he ma­chin­ery and high­per­for­mance med­i­cal equip­ment.

The tar­get is 20 per­cent­age points higher than the cur­rent 70 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards that China has adopted and trans­ferred for do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, an aim set in 2003 and ac­com­plished be­fore 2008.

Huang Qun­hui, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of In­dus­trial Eco­nom­ics at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said do­mes­tic pro­duc­ers should fol­low in­ter­na­tional stan­dards when mak­ing tra­di­tional and new prod­ucts, which will spon­ta­neously boost their com­pet­i­tive­ness in do­mes­tic and overseas mar­kets.

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