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Standardisation to enhance Pakistan-China trade

BEIJING:

Recently officials from the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding standardisation cooperation with the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan in China on February.

“Standards coordination, information exchanges and other mechanisms to facilitate cooperation between China and Pakistan on standardisation will be encouraged following the signature of the MoU,” introduced Chong Li Director of the International Standards Cooperation Division, Department of Standards Innovative Management, State Administration for Market Regulation on an exclusive chat with China Economic Net.

This amazing achievement is part of the statement jointly issued from China as well as Pakistan.

Based on director Chong Li, communications among Pakistani and Chinese standards institutions has been increasing from 2016. Through joint conferences as well as mutual visits, ongoing efforts have been put into the development of standards for the agricultural commodities of both countries, including anti-pandemic products as well as quality infrastructure.

So far the time of writing, three forum for standardisation have been held among China along with South Asian countries including Pakistan.

Research institutes also play an important role. For instance researchers from the National South Asian Standardisation (Chengdu) Research Centre of China and the University of Punjab have been cooperating on the development of a technology standard innovation base, as well as conducting research on subjects like the effects of a standardised integrated control system for the automobile, textile and the food sector in Pakistan.

Chengdu Institute of Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences plans to establish a demonstration site for rice breeding cultivating and plantation in Pakistan in cooperation in partnership with Garibsons Private Limited, one of the biggest exporters of Pakistan’s rice.

“Standards are passports used in international trade. Since August we’ve been in discussions with Pakistani partners about an MoU,” Li told CEN.

In 2021, China-Pakistan trade volume reached $28 billion. With the strengthening of relations, Li believed that standardisation is likely to play an increasing role in aiding trade and investment in enhancing connectivity, and aiding sustainable development and in the prevention and control of epidemics in the region between China as well as Pakistan.

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