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ANSI President Encourages Bilateral Partnerships on Outreach Mission to India


New York, Jan 19, 2007

ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia recently traveled to New Delhi, India, to deliver a keynote address at a conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier national business association and focal point organization for public and private enterprise across India. The event was cosponsored by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Quality Council of India (QCI), both long-time partner organizations of the American National Standards Institute. The speech was the first step in a new ANSI outreach initiative to foster positive working relationships with key U.S. and Indian organizations and businesses, and to create increased opportunities for U.S. trade with India.

Bhatia’s comments during the January 10 event, “Competing in the Race for Global Markets,” underscored the importance of increased Indian involvement in international standards and conformity assessment activities as a critical component to harnessing a competitive advantage and garnering consumer confidence.

“Effective, engaged participation in standardization not only allows businesses and the service sector to benefit from the transfer of technology that standards make possible, but also to assume a more proactive role in activities that help to support national trade agendas,” the ANSI president explained. “In my view, future market success depends upon cooperation and collaboration in the standardization arena.”

Bhatia also highlighted how partnerships between the Institute and CII – as well as between Indian and U.S. counterparts – could positively influence the impact of Indian businesses on the U.S. and global markets. He encouraged Indian stakeholders to look to ANSI as their “U.S. resource and solutions provider on standards-related market access issues that pertain to standards, conformity assessment and related technical regulations.”

On the subject of standards as non-tariff barriers to trade, Carmine D'Aloisio, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in India, said that the U.S. was committed to partnering with other governments to smooth trade. He also appealed to ANSI and CII to collaborate toward resolving issues in this area.

According to a Punjab Newsline article covering the CII event, Anwarul Hoda, a member of the official Planning Commission of India, called for a private and public sector partnership to promote standards and conformity assessment in India. He urged CII and ANSI to collaborate on harmonizing standards and called upon ANSI to support technical capacity building in India.

“We are all poised to benefit from the fertile partnerships we will grow together,” Bhatia affirmed.

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