World Standards Day: ‘International standardisation central to development’

Published: October 15, 2013
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Standardisation organisations like IEC, ISO and ITU are setting benchmarks for global consensus on quality of products sold, says Idrees Warraich. PHOTO: FILE

Standardisation organisations like IEC, ISO and ITU are setting benchmarks for global consensus on quality of products sold, says Idrees Warraich. PHOTO: FILE

FAISALABAD: “Sustainable development is possible if businessmen act responsibility and efficiently,” Pakistan Consumer Protection Voice President Muhammad Idrees Warraich said on Monday.

He was addressing a seminar arranged by Faisalabad Citizen Forum to mark World Standards Day.

He said standardisation organisations like IEC, ISO and ITU were setting benchmarks for global consensus on quality of products sold.

“The principles of international standardisation today more relevant than ever because they ensure positive change by removing barriers to communication and cooperation,” he said.

“The work of IEC, ISO and ITU remains central to the development of standards for global prosperity,” he said.

He said benefits of standardisation eventually passed on to the consumer in the form of greater choice, increased quality and lower prices.

Punjab Consumer Protection Council Assistant Director Sajjad Hussain Bhatti said, “International standardisation bodies provide cohesion to a myriad of national and regional standards thereby harmonising global best practices, eliminating technical barriers to trade and fostering shared socio-economic values.”

He said customer support and satisfaction promoted a culture of economic growth in developing countries by outlining best practices.

“There is a strong correlation between economic growth and urbanisation. Hence, standards are becoming increasingly important in helping cities develop intelligent and sustainable infrastructures, making them better places to live,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2013.

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