Need for stan­dard­i­s­a­tion stressed to win global mar­ket

Sem­i­nar on “Stan­dards Build Trust”

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SALIM AHMED LA­HORE—Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Science & Tech­nol­ogy Rana Tan­veer Hus­sain said that fo­cus on stan­dard­i­s­a­tion will im­prove in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness as fast chang­ing global sce­nario has posed se­ri­ous chal­lenges for the de­vel­op­ing economies like Pak­istan.

He was speak­ing at the sem­i­nar on “Stan­dards Build Trust” jointly or­ga­nized by the LCCI and Pak­istan Stan­dards & Qual­ity Con­trol Au­thor­ity (PSQCA) here at the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try in con­nec­tion with the World Stan­dard Day. The Min­is­ter said stan­dards are play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the global econ­omy. He said that in line with the need of the time, the Min­istry of Science & Tech­nol­ogy (MoST) and its or­ga­ni­za­tions, be­ing the main com­po­nents of the Na­tional Qual­ity In­fra­struc­ture (NQI), are con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to­wards creating a qual­ity con­scious­ness in the man­u­fac­tur­ing as well ser­vices sec­tors of Pak­istan.

He said that much more is re­quired to com­pre­hend and adapt the stan­dards and prac­tices to the com­pelling needs of the com­pet­i­tive global mar­ket. Com­pli­ance and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the stan­dards at all pos­si­ble lev­els helps make the best use of the scarcely avail­able na­tional ma­te­rial re­sources to achieve these ob­jec­tives. He was con­fi­dent that Pak­istan’s in­dus­try is in the process of adopt­ing this cul­ture. More ef­fi­cient in­dus­trial and busi­ness pro­cesses, fa­cil­i­tated by stan­dards, em­power com­pa­nies to com­pete glob­ally and pro­duce qual­ity prod­ucts, as per In­ter­na­tional Stan­dards at much lesser cost. Stan­dards pro­vide the back­bone for day-to-day sta­bil­ity, they si­mul­ta­ne­ously make it pos­si­ble to bring in­no­va­tions and ideas to the mar­ket.

Direc­tor Gen­eral of PSQCA Engr. Muham­mad Khalid Sid­diq said that Pak­istani en­trepreneurs must be re­mained vig­i­lant about the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and prac­tice in­volve­ment in the process. He said that PSQCA is pro­vid­ing a plat­form to the Pak­istani in­dus­try to par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­i­s­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. He said that 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 Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion.

LA­HORE: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Science and Tech­nol­ogy and De­fence Pro­duc­tion, Rana Tan­veer Hus­sain launch­ing PSQCA mo­bile phone APP at LCCI on Mon­day.

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