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SARSO likely to start function soon as DG selected

  • Published at 10:10 am May 15th, 2013

South Asian Regional StandardsOrganisation(SARSO), located in Dhaka,is likely to begin its operation soon, bringing an opportunity for Bangladeshi exporters to actively participate in its policy-making process.

An Industry Ministry committee has primarily selected Dr Syed Humayun Kabir, a former BSTI official, for the post of director general of SARSO.

The selection was made at a committee meeting yesterday, said the industry ministry sources. The selection of DG will be sent to the Governing Board of SARSO for approval.

With active participation in standards policy making, the local exporters hope that the SARSO office in Dhaka will help them make their voices heard in the forum.

“It will be a good news for the local exporters, especially for those who export products to India,” said Abdus Salam Murshedy, President of Bangladesh Exporters Association.

While exporting to India, Bangladesh needs to have its goods certified by the Indian Standard Testing Institution (ISTI), which has been a big problem for the local exporters.

“Having export products certified by related institutions of different countries in the region while exporting to respective countries is an expensive task for the local exporters,” said Abdus Salam Murshedy.

Currently, the SAARC countries require to receive certificates for their export goods from the testing institutions of respective countries.

SARSO makes policy on standard of products and services in the region while the SAARC countries recognise that policy. The office of SARSO is located at Tajgaon industrial area in Dhaka city.

According to sources, the DG will be given appointment for a three-year term and the salary will be Tk300,000 monthly.

At the SAARC ministerial meetingin 2012, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her satisfaction over opening of SARSO office in Dhaka.

The Agreement on the Establishment of SARSO entered into force with effect from 25 August, 2011 after ratification by all member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

All member states also nominated their members and alternate members on the Governing Board of SARSO.

Accordingly, the first meeting of the Board was held in Bangladesh in December 2011.

Work on harmonisation of standards in the following identified products has commenced under the aegis of various sectoral technical committees.

While addressing the meeting, she called for concerted action by the SAARC nations to tackle problems including those in export in the region.