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Opening Ceremony of 42nd ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) Meeting held in Yangon

Yangon, 22nd September

 

            On September 22nd 2014, Myanma Scientific and Technological Research Department hosted the 42nd ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality meeting and its related events.

            The opening speech was delivered by H.E.Dr. Ko Ko Oo, Union Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology and the meeting was attended by ACCSQ leaders, members from ASEAN Countries, president of IEC, dialogue partners, Director General and Rectors from Ministry of Science and Technology and country contact persons from relevant ministries.

            The objective of the workshop was to discuss the harmonization of Standards, Conformity Assessment Procedure and Metrology.

            Attendees were discussed to fulfill the requirements of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 and to eliminate the technical barrier to trade.

 

 

 

 

 
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On June 20th, 2014, a consultation workshop was held in Yangon to provide inputs to draft revisions to the Law on Metrology. The workshop was attended by some 50 participants from Government and the private sector. It was officially opened by Deputy Minister H.E. Professor Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Metrology is the science of measurement. There is an increasing understanding of the importance of metrology to the economy and society as a whole. Accurate measurement forms the backbone of technical regulations, documentary standards and legal metrology, and thus it is the prerequisite for reliable business transactions and international trade. The consultation workshop ended with the agreement that a small working committee made up of MSTRD and other government officials, private legal advisors and an international expert from USAID would be formed to finalize a draft that is consistent with WTO/ASEAN requirements and based on international best practice, as well as being practical to implement in the Myanmar context.

The next steps include:

   a) Submit the draft to the Union Attorney General for review.

  b) Notify the draft to the WTO, leaving time to respond to comments,

  c) If possible, post the draft on the webpage for public comment.

  d) The expectation is for a strong draft Law on Metrology to be submitted to Parliament for approval by the end of 2014.
 

 
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On June 30th, 2014,  Myanma Scientific and Technology Research Department hosted the first meeting on the operation and functions of the Myanmar WTO/TBT Enquiry Point and Notification Authority. The workshop was attended by some 40 participants  from relevant line Ministries, the private sector and other stakeholders.         

 

The objective of the workshop was to discuss the operation, duties and functions of the TBT Enquiry Point and the coordination between line Ministry contact points.  Attendees were introduced to international best practice on TBT enquiry point operation by an expert from the U.S. agency for International Development (USAID). 

 

 

 

 

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