Myanmar to host ITU workshops on policy governing standardization and conformance assessment

Myanmar webTwo back-to-back ITU workshops in Myanmar will discuss how the Asia-Pacific region can boost trade, interoperability and innovation through the harmonization of policy governing ICT standardization and conformance assessment. Covering standardization policy at the global, regional and national level, the workshops will advise participants on best practices in global standards development and building national standardization capacities.

Myanmar’s economy is one with enormous growth potential. As the world’s 24th most populous country, nestled among some of the globe’s fastest growing emerging markets, Myanmar’s attractive investment climate has caught the attention of business leaders worldwide. The upcoming workshops thus present a valuable opportunity to establish new contacts in the region’s burgeoning ICT market.

The two collocated events – free of charge and open to all – are being hosted by Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in Yangon City, 25-29 November 2013; the first organized by ITU in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the second with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning  (MSIP) and Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA).

ITU-UNIDO Forum on Sustainable Conformity Assessment for Asia-Pacific Region, 25-27 November:

Conformance with international standards is a core principal underlying the performance and interoperability of ICTs. Countries’ mutual recognition of conformance assessment practices is a sure way to stimulate trade, and this workshop will discuss the global move towards harmonization of conformance assessment policy and commitments to mutual recognition of national and regional conformance assessment programmes.

Synergies underlying Asia-Pacific economies and ICT industries will receive special emphasis, discussing how enhanced cooperation among ITU, UNIDO and the region’s national administrations and ICT players can bring about sustainable growth, trade and innovation in the ICT arena.

More information on this event and how to register can be found here…

ITU Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap, 28-29 November:

ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme aims to address the disparity between the standardization capacities of developed and developing countries, with the goal of aiding development through standardization’s ability to expand markets, increase quality and decrease costs through heightened trade and technology transfer.

The event will provide concrete advice on strategies to enhance national standardization capacities. A particular point of focus will be guidance on establishing national standardization secretariats – action called for by the revised WTSA-12 Resolution 44 – as mechanisms to coordinate national and regional standardization policy as well as participation in the international standardization work undertaken by ITU-T Study Groups.

More information on this event and how to register can be found here…

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