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DIN Opens Info-Point in Washington, DC; ANSI to Participate in April Conference


Washington, DC, Feb 19, 2004

As part of ongoing endeavors to strengthen relationships between the German and United States standards communities, the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), Germany’s Institute for Standardization, has joined together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC to open an information and contact point for questions relating to standardization.

The DIN Info-Point aims to make it even more convenient for companies in the USA to obtain access to current developments in standardization, not only in Germany but also in Europe and throughout the world. As explained in the recently published "High-Tech Master Plan" of the German Federal Government, standards play a crucial role in the rapid dissemination of technical know-how and in so doing boost the competitiveness and innovative ability of small and medium enterprises in particular.

In alignment with these efforts, a Standardization Future Conference will be held April 20, 2004, at the Hanover fair in Germany, entitled “Similarities and Differences in the Transatlantic Relationship.” ANSI president and CEO Mark Hurwitz, CAE, will be speaking at the conference, which is organized by the United States Department of Commerce and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI).

The objective of the conference is to promote and stimulate the transatlantic dialogue to contribute to a better mutual understanding of the differences between standardization approaches. According to DIN Director Dr. Torsten Bahke, the conference will also be an excellent opportunity to emphasize the similarities.

The German Ambassador in Washington, Wolfgang Ischinger, emphasized in the opening ceremony of the DIN Info-Point the ongoing harmonious trade relations between the USA and Germany as well as the particular importance of standards and technical rules for the removal of technical barriers to trade. Just days before the scheduled visit of the German Chancellor, the opening of the DIN Info-Point has come at exactly the right time to further promote cordial trade relations, Ischinger said.

Contact details:
DIN-Info-Point
US Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Tel: (202) 463-5774
din@uschamber.com

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