State committee head: EU-financed projects play important role in developing standardization in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 29 / Trend A. Akhundov /
Baku is hosting a conference Wednesday on the contribution of EU twinning projects toward a new approach to quality infrastructure in Azerbaijan, the state standards committee said.
"Projects carried out [in Azerbaijan] in the last two years and funded by the European Committee [for Standardization] have an important place in our operations to develop these areas based on international and European experience," Ramiz Hasanov, chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patents, said at the conference.
The committee's work in the fields of standardization, metrology, identification and assessment plays an important role to enhance the competitiveness of local products, ensure the entry of local producers to foreign markets, and protect the domestic market from low quality, bad products.
On the first day of the conference, the results and significance of the EU twinning project "Strengthening of Standardization, Metrology, Conformity Assessment and Accreditation" will be considered.
Other matters on the agenda included bringing legislation into line with new approaches in this area, product safety and technical regulation, the European approach to the CE labeling, the role of standardization in industry, evaluating and identifying accreditation, supervision over the market in the European Union and the situation in this sphere in Azerbaijan, and metrology as part of quality infrastructure.
Ambassador Roland Kobia, Head of the EU Delegation, said that twinning projects are planned for the future.
"We plan to continue such twinning projects in other areas with the Azerbaijani government. The EU will allocate additional funds to apply joint twinning projects, " Kobia said.
Austrian ambassador to Azerbaijan Sylvia Meier-Kajbic said that this project is the first twinning project in Azerbaijan with the participation of Austria.