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ANSI President Signs MoU in Support of Greater U.S.-Egyptian Cooperation

New York, Jun 03, 2008

ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia and EOS chairman Mahmoud Eisa S. Joe Bhatia, president and chief executive officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is in Cairo today to demonstrate support for greater cooperation between the United States and Egypt in the areas of standardization and conformity assessment.

Making a formal commitment to cooperation in standardization activities, ANSI and the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS) came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this morning.

Building upon existing working relationships between the U.S. and Egyptian standardization communities, this agreement recognizes the important role that standards and conformity assessment activities play in safeguarding consumer health and safety, protecting the environment, and ensuring fair trade, economic growth and innovation.

Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion

Focused on making the U.S. and Egyptian standardization systems more effective in promoting mutual trade interests, the discussion included more than 125 participants and prominent speakers from both countries, including:

The Egyptian perspective:

  • Ms. Magda Shahin, AmCham/TRAC director
  • Mr. Mahmoud Eisa, EOS chairman
  • Mr. Omar El Derini, AmCham chairman of the Trade Committee

The American perspective:

  • Mr. Amer Kayani, commercial counselor, U.S. Embassy, Egypt
  • Ms. Margaret Scobey, ambassador, U.S. Embassy, Syria
  • Mr. S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO, ANSI
  • Ms. Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, Global Cooperation, ASTM International
  • Ms. Carmiña Londoño, group leader, Global Standards and Information Group, NIST

Facilitated by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MoU signing ceremony was followed by a roundtable discussion on Egyptian and U.S. standardization systems.

“In our fast-paced global economy, there’s no question that standards and trade are linked,” said Mr. Bhatia. “The U.S. Egyptian trade relationship is healthy and growing, and there are many opportunities for cooperation where our interests intersect.”

ANSI and EOS agree to facilitate trade through greater efficiencies in conformity assessment practices. Dialogue between the two countries will be encouraged, and informational materials, as well as education and training content, will be shared.

Working cooperatively, ANSI and EOS have pledged to exchange views on international standards activities, and to encourage and support industry activities and initiatives in Egypt and the U.S. The MoU will serve as a platform for future cooperation, including sector-based workshops with members of the ANSI Federation.

“There is no denying that Egypt is an economic power – not just in the Middle East but worldwide,” said Mr. Bhatia. “On behalf of the American National Standards Institute, I’m proud to join you as we make this pledge of cooperation in support of increased economic growth and trade between our two countries.”

For more information, contact Mr. Steven Bipes, ANSI’s director of international policy for regional and bilateral programs (; 202.331.3607).

S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, and Mahmoud Eisa, EOS chairman, sign a Memorandum of Understanding on June 3, 2008.

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