“World Standards Day” ceremony was held on 16 October 2019 at Novotel Hotel, Yangon. Director General, U Win Khaing Moe for Department of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Mr. Wolfgang Erdmannsdorfer, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt − PTB (Germany)၊ Expert, Dr. Tin Win had delivered the opening speeches to the ceremony. Representatives from Htut Taw, members of National Standards Council, Working Committee, Technical Committees, representatives of Industry in Yangon Division, members of National Export Strategy – Quality Management, Experts from developing partners who have been cooperating with Department of Research and Innovation to strengthen the National Quality Infrastructure, Professors from Yangon Technical University, Yangon Computer University, representatives from Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry- UMFCCI, Federation of Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Engineering Council, Consumer Protection Association and Myanmar Food Science and Technology Association had attended to the ceremony.
Myanmar celebrated the World Standards Day 2019 in Yangon with the theme: “Video standards create a global stage”. World standards day has been held worldwide since 1970 and Myanmar has celebrated the day since 2012. It was celebrated not only to raise awareness on the importance of standards in the global economic community and upgrading business, industry, public sectors but also to pay honour to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. Under the guidance of the National Standards Council, 24 technical committees have been formed for the development and adoption of Myanmar standards. Currently, there are about 175 Myanmar standards that have been set and 200 draft standards are still under discussion.
We prioritized the standards that can facilitate trade, promote product quality, ensure public health and safety and able to protect the environment. We are also working closely with private sectors, stakeholders, departments, as well as international organizations and partners. We also invited members of parliament to today’s celebration in order to improve their knowledge and understanding on Myanmar standards.”
To develop the Industrial Sectors, both quantity and quality in standardization process are much important for economic development. We still need a lot of efforts to compete in global market. Standard is important for promoting quality of value added products. Experts from (ISO)၊ PTB (Germany), Underwriters Laboratories – UL and local made presentations on good standardization practice, ASEAN guideline, current status of preparation, adoption and application of Myanmar standards, use of standards in technical regulation as well as ways to protect consumer with standardization in Myanmar and its benefits along with a day celebration by conducting Presentations and Panel Discussion.