Building infrastructures

IEC invited to talk at major standardization event in Central Asia

By Gabriela Ehrlich

In May, Immediate Past President Jacques Régis spoke at the 39th session of the EASC, the Euroasian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification, in Avaza, Turkmenistan. The Caucasus and Central Asia regions are in the process of building up their industrial infrastructures and want to accelerate import and export. To do so they need to harmonize national standards with international ones.

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Bridging diversity

The Caucasus and Central Asia regions are among the most linguistically and culturally diverse on Earth and dispose of substantial natural resources, including oil and gas. Following the extensive changes after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the regions are now slowly developing new structures, looking to international organizations such as the IEC to accelerate the harmonization of national standards with international ones. This is one of the pre-conditions to increase the development of business and cooperation across the region.

Removing barriers to grow and prosper

According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the medium-term economic growth prospects in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions are strong. But, to secure ongoing prosperity, the eight countries — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan — will need to look beyond traditional sources of growth and reduce important import and export barriers to grow prosperity. IEC Standards and CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems can be of significant help in this process. 

A unique opportunity to influence global business

As one of the key speakers at EASC, Immediate Past President Régis gave an overview of the IEC and of its growing global relevance to the assembled representatives of international and regional organizations from more than 20 countries. He outlined the basic advantages of the IEC and its Affiliate Country Programme and reminded those countries that are already part of the IEC Family that, through active participation, they are able to make their voice heard at the global level.

Demonstrating IEC capabilities

Many of the members of the EASC are already involved in the IEC. Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine are Full Members. Georgia and Kazakhstan recently became Associate Members. Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova and Turkmenistan participate more or less actively in the IEC's Affiliate Country Programme. Over the past years, several other countries in the region have been invited to join in the Affiliate Country Programme, and the presence of the IEC at EASC was a good opportunity to remind them of the advantages of international standardization and CA. Régis used the opportunity to outline work the IEC undertakes in areas that are of particular interest to these countries, many of which are in the process of updating and building their energy, construction and engineering infrastructures.

Following his presentation, which attracted extensive interest, Régis held private talks with Nurgeldy Charievich Orazov, President of EASC and with the Vice Premier of Turkmenistan, who had inaugurated the conference.

Jacques Régis, IEC Immediate Past President (left) Jacques Régis, IEC Immediate Past President (left)
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Jacques Régis after the event. Jacques Régis after the event.