The celebration of the World Standards Day with the cooperation of the Department of Research and Innovation (DRI),the Ministry of Education and USAID was held at Sedona Hotel Yangon on 14 October 2018. The Union Minister of Education, His Excellence Dr Myo Thein Gyi,Vice Chairman of Parliament of Yangon Region,Members of National Standards Council, Director General of DRI, rectors and pro -rectors of Universities of Yangon Region, experts and representatives of international organizations like USAID, UNIDO, PTB as developing partners, ISO representative,representatives of Myanmar Engineering Council, Myanmar Engineering Society,Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI), industrial Zones, private factories, workshops and responsible persons from DRI National Standards and Quality Department have attendedthe event. The Minister of Education delivered the opening speech. He pointed out that during the first meeting held on 14 October in 1946 in London, the representatives from 25 countries, which were developing standardization at that time, had decided to mark this day as World Standards Day. At present, there are 162-member countries that have been participating in standardization activities.
The objectives of the World Standards Day are creating awareness of the importance of standards in the world economic community and upgrading business, industry,the public sector and consumers through standardization. The World Standards Day is celebrated worldwide since 1970. Myanmar has been
celebrating this event since 2012, which makes it the 7 th time this year.
The World Standards Day changes its theme every year.The theme selected for 2018 is International Standards and Forth Industrial Revolution.The Forth industrial Revolution refers to applying modern digital technology to overcoming traditional barriers and to connect to each other in production, trade and communication.Standardsare an important factor for a revolution. Without standards, there will be no acceleration for change.By using ISO, IEC, ITU standards as references for introducing new technologies,innovators contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and global innovation.Moreover,the Minister highlighted the challenges of the Forth Industrial Revolution, such as automation technologies and the Internet of Things, replacing human beingsin many work areas.
At the World Standards Day,DRI has been presenting the development of Myanmar Standards. Under the guidance of the National Standards Council, 23 technical committees (TC) had discussed the development and adoption of Myanmar Standards. 50 Myanmar Standards had been adopted as a first batch in 2017.In 2018, another 45 standards of the ISO, IEC, CASCO management systems (agro-based product standards and Myanmar Unicode standards)were uploaded on the DRI website for public enquiry.This will be the second batch of Myanmar standards to be adopted. Besides, 172 draft Myanmar Standards are currently discussedby TCs.The adoption of Myanmar Standards helps to facilitate trade,to promote product quality,to ensure public health and safety and to protect the environment. Myanmar
Standards support Myanmar products to comply with regional and international standards and to access global markets.
In conclusion,the Minister was thankingall government organizationsand regional and international organizations who were participating in the event. After Mr. Steve Parker, chief of party of the USAID- funded Private Sector Development program, delivered another opening speech, participants could walk around the gallery of posters showing standardization experience in Myanmar.Thereafter, topicalpresentations were heldand international and national experts discussed relevant topicsofstandardization.The presentations of all speakers can be downloaded at the DRI website