The leaders of CEN, CENELEC and SARSO (South Asian Regional Standards Organization) have formalized their cooperation through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in the realm of the IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok on 11 October 2017. This MoU offers tangible opportunities for greater technical and systemic alignment with a view to facilitate trade in goods and services between Europe and South Asian countries, including India, where a European standardization expert is already located to represent the three European Standardization Organizations (together with ETSI).
By establishing a concrete dialogue and promoting the harmonization of standards at international level, they will help facilitate trade in goods and services between Europe and SAARC’s member states, thereby contributing to sustainable growth in these regions.
This MoU also provides a common framework for the partners to share information, transfer technical knowledge, exchange best practices in such sectors as textile, electrical and electronic goods, chemicals, food and building materials, as well as to support the work made by the international standardization organizations, ISO and IEC.
At the signature ceremony, they identified a roadmap for the implementation of this MoU which will include the organization of several events in 2018 aiming to strengthen the role of SARSO in the region, as well as activities which will support SARSO’s capacity-building strategy.
By developing and deepening their cooperation in the field of standardization, CEN, CENELEC and SARSO will contribute to overcome technical barriers to trade and thus facilitate trade between Europe and the whole of the South Asian region.