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BIS seeking to harmonise stardardisation among SAARC countries

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Kolkata, Jun 07 (UNI) Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) is seeking harmonisation of standardisation process among the SAARC countries to boost trade of quality goods among India and its neighbouring countries.

Speaking at a seminar on 'Quality Assurance Through Standardisation' organised by Bengal national Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, BIS Deputy Director (Eastern Region) M K Ray today said, ''Various products are exported to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries. If we harmonise the system of standardisation, bilateral trade would get a boost as both export and import would be easier.'' At least 140 Bangladeshi items are imported to India, which are certified by the BIS. Bangladeshi government resisted the proposal as Indian items to Bangladesh do not undergo any standardisation test, Mr Ray said.

''If we harmonise the standardisation among the SAARC countries, trade volume would also increase,'' he said.

The Centre is also trying to certify quality and standards of the products that are imported to India from various countries following free trade and globalisation.

''Indian consumers must know what kind of foreign products they are using. The Centre has started mandatory certification of 103 foreign goods like cement, steel etc. After receiving licence from the BIS, these products are sold in the Indian market,'' Mr Ray added.

Speaking on the ocassion, BNCCI president Nayantara Pal Choudhuri said standardisation aims to excercise controls and enables a product, process or service to fulfill the need of the consumers.

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