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U.S. Commercial Service to Meet with Representatives of Standards Community During World Standards Week


New York, Sep 12, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. Commercial Service and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that they will co-host a half-day program to facilitate interaction between representatives of American industry and the voluntary standards community with government specialists and Foreign Commercial Service officers from Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The session will be held on Monday, September 29, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Marriott at Metro Center hotel (775 12th Street, NW) in Washington, DC. The event will kick-off the U.S. celebration of World Standards Week 2003.

According to event organizers, the program’s focus will be on relationship building and information sharing of specific international standards practices that impact global trade and market access. Attendees will also be informed of the activities related to the eight-point Department of Commerce Standards Initiative and the current resource structure for handling standards related matters.

In addition to the commercial officers, participants will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Heidi Hijikata, the new International Trade Administration (ITA) Standards Liaison.

“By engaging in an open, interactive dialogue, the government specialists in attendance will gain a heightened awareness of ‘best practices’ and ‘lessons learned’ directly from those who are most actively involved in global standardization initiatives,” stated a meeting announcement. “Industry representatives are expected to walk away with strengthened, personal relationships with the U.S. government representatives who serve as their advocate overseas.”

All participants will have an opportunity to voice their needs and expectations and to comment upon their views of the appropriate and complementary roles of the public and private sectors when international standards issues arise that impact the American business community. The exchange will lead to a more active U.S. public and private sector partnership in the global standardization arena.

“It will be key to have a strong representation from the private sector in attendance for this discussion,” said Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO. “This is a great opportunity to educate the commercial officers and other specialists from the U.S. government about the current challenges and issues being faced by American industry in the global standardization arena.”

The program is free to ANSI members, but registration is required. For additional information, please see www.ansi.org/wsweek or contact Pam Suett, ANSI manager of education and training (training@ansi.org or 212.642.4976).

The advance registration deadline is Friday, September 19; on-site registration is subject to availability. Space is limited.


Click here to download registration form.

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