In the framework of
the General Assembly of the Pan American Commission of Standards (COPANT, in
Spanish), which was recently held in Mexico City, four agreements were signed
to promote cooperation in assessment of conformity and harmonization of
standards, facilitate the international trade and maintain the high quality
standards in products and services.
The signing of the
agreements was made by the Secretariat of Economy, through the Undersecretariat
of Competition and Regulation, who heads María del Rocío Ruiz Chávez, the
German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the Dominican Institute for Quality
(INDOCAL, in Spanish), the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and
Certification (ICONTEC, in Spanish) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
In this context, it
was identified that standardization is one of the key components to evolve and
adapt to the economic and technological changes currently happening. The rules
become themselves in keys to open new markets, become themselves in tools to
build collaborative and favorable business environments to stimulate the
The agreements will
support the compliance in response to the National Development Plan (PND, in
Spanish), specifically the goal of a Mexico with Global Responsibility, and as
provided by the fifth goal of the Programme of Innovative Development
(PRODEINN) about the need of increasing the flow of trade and investment in our
Ruiz Chávez expressed her interest in continuing to build with Germany, Canada,
Colombia and the Dominican Republic, a close business relationship to promote
and implement efficient and complementary regulatory systems.
For his part, José
Manuel del Castillo Saviñón, Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican
Republic, said that there is interest in his country to generate a program of
bilateral cooperation which allows to both standard systems operate in a
coordinated way, applying the same rules and procedures.
Director of ICONTEC, Hans-Peter Knudsen Quevedo, stressed the importance of
implementing projects that strengthen the trade and political links between
strategic partners such as Colombia and Mexico are.
Deputy Director General of DIN, expressed the pleasure of signing the Agreement
because it is the first step to more joint projects.
Walter, Executive Director of the Standards Council of Canada, reiterated his
commitment to strengthen ties with Mexico and promote the trade between both
nations maintaining high standards of quality and safety in their products and
Directorate-General of Standards (DGN) of the Secretariat of Economy is the
National Body of Standards, responsible for developing and publishing the
standards and / or technical regulations in the country, and is also the
representative of the Secretariat of Economy before the Pan American Commission
of Standards (COPANT).