Firms need to step up ef­forts on stan­dard­iza­tion, says of­fi­cial

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong@chi­

Chi­nese en­ter­prises should make more ef­forts to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in stan­dards to pro­mote their over­seas de­vel­op­ment, said Zhang Xiao­gang, pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion (ISO).

“Chi­nese en­ter­prises should pay more im­por­tance to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and in­crease aware­ness in par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion af­fairs,” Zhang said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with China Daily ahead of the 39th ISO Gen­eral As­sem­bly. “They should in­crease their fa­mil­iar­ity of the rules on the for­mu­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

The 39th ISO Gen­eral As­sem­bly will open on Mon­day in Bei­jing, and del­e­gates from all of the ISO’s 163 mem­bers are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing. This is the sec­ond time that the gen­eral as­sem­bly of the world’s big­gest or­ga­ni­za­tion for stan­dard­iza­tion has been held in China.

“The meet­ing will ex­pe­dite China’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion af­fairs, and play a role beyond mea­sure in fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­te­gra­tion be­tween China and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in econ­omy, trade, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and other fields,” Zhang said. “It will also greatly con­trib­ute to China’s eco­nomic up­grade.”

The tech­ni­cal stan­dards, such as those for mea­sure­ments and units, and in­dus­trial stan­dards is­sued by the ISO have been widely adopted and have had far-reach­ing in­flu­ence in global tech­no­log­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Zhang said.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion into in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion can help en­ter­prises to mas­ter in­ter­na­tional rules, fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, in­crease their com­pet­i­tive­ness and brings them eco­nomic ben­e­fits, he said.

China has made re­mark­able progress in in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion in re­cent years. China led in the for­mu­la­tion of 182 in­ter­na­tional stan­dards be­tween 2001 and 2015. The fig­ure was 13 be­tween 1947, when the ISO was founded, and 2000, Zhang said.

De­spite this progress, China still lags far be­hind de­vel­oped coun­tries in in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion. Around 95 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards are made led by West­ern coun­tries, he said. Only 0.7 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards were led by China, and these stan­dards are mainly lim­ited to in­dus­tries in which China en­joys tra­di­tional ad­van­tages, such as fire­works, he said.

To re­duce the gap, China needs in­ten­si­fied par­tic­i­pa­tion in the for­mu­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, and the govern­ment should con­sider na­tional plans for in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of Chi­nese stan­dards, he said.

Mean­while, the govern­ment should fos­ter an in­cen­tive mech­a­nism to en­cour­age en­ter­prises to co­op­er­ate with stan­dard­iza­tion re­search in­sti­tutes to pro­mote ad­van­ta­geous tech­ni­cal stan­dards held by en­ter­prises to be­come in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, Zhang said.

In ad­di­tion, en­ter­prises should make more ef­forts to cul­ti­vate em­ploy­ees who ex­cel in for­eign lan­guages, mas­ter cer­tain fields of tech­nol­ogy, and are fa­mil­iar with the rules of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for­mu­la­tion, to im­prove in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes in stan­dard­iza­tion, he said.

Meng Yongye, deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Lan­guage Ser­vice and Man­age­ment, at the Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness and Eco­nomics in Bei­jing, said with more Chi­nese en­ter­prises in­vest­ing over­seas, more Chi­nese tech­nolo­gies will also go over­seas, and they should aim to in­ter­na­tion­al­ize their stan­dards if they want to be­come world­class en­ter­prises.

Less than 5 per­cent of Chi­nese stan­dards have English ver­sions, far be­low coun­tries such as Ja­pan and Ger­many.

China will take a se­ries of mea­sures to en­cour­age in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of Chi­nese stan­dards, such as en­cour­ag­ing en­ter­prises and ex­perts in the for­mu­la­tion and re­vi­sion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, and carry out mu­tual recog­ni­tion of stan­dards with China’s ma­jor trade part­ners, Tian Shi­hong, di­rec­tor of China’s Stan­dard­iza­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said at a news con­fer­ence in Au­gust.

They (Chi­nese en­ter­prises) should in­crease their fa­mil­iar­ity of the rules on the for­mu­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.” Zhang Xiao­gang, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion

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