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ANSI 2002 Annual Conference Focuses on Business, Standards and Trade

Conference Agenda, Speakers, Content and Venue Announced; World Standards Week Daily Schedule of Events Published

New York, May 01, 2002

As the international business climate becomes more competitive and volatile, corporate executives and standards developers should take note that approximately 80% of global merchandise trade is affected by standards and regulations that embody standards.[1] For a thorough examination of the interrelationship of this global issue, please mark October 15th and 16th on your calendars and reserve your participation in the ANSI 2002 Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders: Business, Standards and Trade."

One of many ANSI-sponsored events during World Standards Week, October 14-18, 2002, the Annual Conference will explore key issues affecting global commerce and trade within the context of standards and conformity assessment activities. An international panel of experts from academia, government, business/industry, standards-setting and conformity assessment organizations will elucidate the complex role that each sector plays in facilitating global trade and harmonizing international standards, regulations and positions.

ANSI president and chief executive officer, Dr. Mark Hurwitz, CAE, will open the conference. He commented, "ANSI is proud to present this year's Annual Conference, which will focus on international issues with far-reaching implications for decision makers in corporate, standards, conformity assessment and government sectors. This year's theme was selected to be relevant to the interests of our diverse membership concerning three interrelated issues that affect the world economy and the regulation of global trade."

The two-day event will feature keynote presentations from two federal government officials: William H. Lash III, assistant secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, and James L. Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. To facilitate topical discussion in areas of general and specific interest, the conference will feature two panel discussions and several concurrent breakout sessions.

During the first panel discussion, senior executives from multi-national companies will explain how their firms tackle a broad range of complex global standards and conformity assessment issues and use this knowledge to increase competitive advantage in the international marketplace. The second panel discussion will give participants the global perspective on harmonizing international standards, regulations and positions from standards experts of government agencies in strategic trade regions such as Asia, Europe, Central America and Africa.

The breakout sessions have been separated into diverse categories and will showcase national and international representatives from private- and public-sector organizations. Topics of discussion will include conformity assessment, government/industry partnerships, standards integration into business, cross-border certification and outreach to academia.

The conference agenda, including topic descriptions and speakers, has been posted to the events section of ANSI Online, the Institute's home page on the World Wide Web. Like last year, the Marriott @ Metro Center in Washington, DC has been selected as the venue for conference as well as to the Annual Conference Reception and Annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony, which will be held Tuesday evening, October 15th. Please see the Daily Schedule of Events for a complete listing of all ANSI-sponsored activities that will be held during World Standards Week 2002. Further details concerning pricing and sponsorships will be forthcoming in the near future.

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[1] Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology Testimony before the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Technology, September 13, 2000.

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