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Kazakhstan plans to include topical issues of national standardization in agenda of international standardization

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The Government of Kazakhstan pays much attention to standardization. Within the framework of the new draft law On Standardization, Kazakhstan works to improve the national standardization system, including improving the status of the national standards, strengthening the role of technical committees for standardization and introducing monitoring of the application of the national standards. In this connection, Astana hosted a regional workshop of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on the theme Regional workshop on standards in support of public policies with the participation of representatives of the National Standards Bodies from 12 countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Montenegro). Read more in the Strategy2050.kz Information Agency’s review material.

By the way, Kazakhstan has been a full member of ISO since 1994. Nowadays our quality infrastructure meets international requirements.

The seminar was opened by Acting Chairwoman of the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Ministry for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Shynar Kazybayeva, who noted the relevance of applying standards in the implementation of public policy and possible economic benefits of using standards for Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan supports and implements the directions of the ISO Strategy until 2020, as well as the ISO action plans for developing countries in the work on the development of standardization at the national level. The Government of Kazakhstan pays much attention to standardization. Within the framework of the new draft law On Standardization, Kazakhstan works to improve the national standardization system, including improving the status of the national standards, strengthening the role of technical committees for standardization and introducing monitoring of the application of the national standards. The topic of today’s regional seminar about the importance of applying standards in the implementation of public policy, the economic benefits of using standards is very relevant for Kazakhstan, Sh. Kazybayeva said.

According to her, the development of standardization and the introduction of advanced standards will contribute to the industrial-innovative development and economic growth of the countries of the region.

In September 2017 in Berlin at the 40th meeting of the ISO General Assembly, Kazakhstan was elected to the number of 20 member countries of the ISO Council until 2020, and we plan to work on the inclusion of topical issues of national standardization in the agenda of international standardization. In general, the development of standardization and the introduction of advanced standards will contribute to the industrial-innovative development and economic growth of the countries of the region, Mrs. Kazybayeva stressed.

ISO Project Manager Noelia Garcia Nebra noted that it was the seventh seminar devoted to that topic.

This is our 7 regional seminar on this topic. Previously, we held such seminars in the Asian and the Latin American region, in English-speaking countries of Africa, as well as in the countries of the Caribbean and now we are holding seminars in the countries of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, she said.

First of all, before starting her speech Noelia Garcia Nebra put the question: What the public policy is?

The topic of our seminar is Regional workshop on standards in support of public policies. What the public policy is? Politics is not a measure, but it is a system of principles that is necessary to correctly make decisions and achieve goals. This helps us to achieve certain results and when we face certain challenges or difficulties the policy is always taken by state bodies within the organization. It can be a state organization or it can be a private organization. The policy is seen as an action plan, the ISO Project Manager said.

According to her, there are three key components in any public policy.

The first component is the definition of a problem, that is, the problem should be clearly pin down. Then goals that should be clearly defined in each process of public policy development and that we must achieve. And the third component, the key component, includes instruments, what instruments should be used to achieve these goals and to solve problems, she described.

For reference: the seminar was conducted by international experts with the support of the Development, Training and Technical Policy Service of the ISO Central Secretariat.

The main objective of this event was to raise awareness and improve understanding of the application of standards, as well as to familiarize with the program of actions to strengthen cooperation between state bodies and the National Standardization Body.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 160 national standards bodies.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050

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