Li says higher standards key to manufacturing upgrade
Premier makes pledge in address to ISO meeting in Beijing
Premier Li Keqiang vowed on Wednesday 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 high-speed growth, he said.
Amid economic transformation, more standards should be created for new technologies and industries 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 products made by Chinese 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 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.