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ANSI Delegations Visit the Americas

New York, Mar 09, 2004

On February 25, ANSI international vice president Gary Kushnier and international program manager Steven Bipes conducted an outreach meeting with the Chilean National Institute for Standardization (Instituto Nacional de Normalización - INN) in Santiago, Chile, consulting with INN executive director Sergio Toro and the head of the INN Standardization Division Leonor Ceruti. It was agreed that ANSI and INN would work together to advance common proposals in the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), and to exchange information on the use of IT tools. INN and ANSI shared information about their organizations, and look forward to fostering the relationship in the future.

An ANSI-sponsored delegation trip to Brazil has been tentatively scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) General Assembly in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, the week of May 10-14, 2004. The ANSI delegation will meet with representatives from the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), the Brazilian national standards body, as a follow-up to discussions held in 2002 in São Paulo. The ANSI and ABNT delegations will discuss future areas of cooperation – bilaterally and within COPANT.

Several members of the ANSI delegation to Brazil will continue on to Mexico to meet with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) officials in Mexico City to address issues of mutual interest. This dialogue is intended to elevate the FCS understanding of standards issues and support U.S. industry in Mexico. Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled with the Dirección General de Normas (DGN), the Mexican national standards body.

ANSI’s international program incorporates ongoing outreach with fellow national standards bodies worldwide. “ANSI’s ongoing dialogue with our regional partners supports our goals of strengthening of regional relationships and exchanges of information on national initiatives and activities in the standards and conformity assessment areas,” said Kushnier.

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