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Reminder: Registration Closes July 7 for Options for Action Summit


New York, Jul 06, 2006

Executives from industry, government, standards setting bodies, and the academic community are encouraged to register for the Options for Action Summit to be held July 18-19, in Gaithersburg, MD. The Summit will seek to leverage the growing number of private and public sector technical assistance and outreach activities to developing economies into a coordinated action plan for improving U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. Registration for the event closes tomorrow, July 7, 2006.

Jointly organized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Summit will focus on the key issues influencing U.S. interests in international standardization and testing, marking and certification programs. The recently published United States Standards Strategy, the U.S. Commerce Department’s “Standards and Competitiveness” initiative, and the U.S. National Export Strategy will provide a foundation for the two-day discussion.

Presentations will explore public and private sector approaches to U.S. capacity building and standards outreach in the international arena. A panel of representatives from standards setting bodies of Egypt, Japan, China, Mexico, and Europe will offer perspectives from the international community on the ways in which U.S. standards activities and technical assistance are perceived globally.

Designed to foster dialogue on these critical issues, the Summit will feature concurrent breakout sessions to identify best practices and actions needed to increase and improve outreach to Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America.

Outcomes of the event will include the development of recommended strategies, resources, and timetables for improving standards harmonization, U.S. market access, and capacity building and technical assistance efforts in the international arena.

The Summit will be held at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD. There is no fee to attend the event; however, registration is required. For additional details on the program and registration information, visit the conference event webpage.

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