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Comply with int'l standards for quality and safety

Amu asks BSTI

FE Report | October 16, 2018 00:00:00

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has asked the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to follow global standards in testing products and certifying quality and safety so that local products can compete in the international market.

Testing of products in compliance with the international standards will enable exporters to compete in the global market in the era of fourth industrial revolution and give enough impetus to the economy through expanding export basket, he said.

"BSTI can help improve quality of Bangladeshi products for the global market by establishing and complying with the global norms for quality and standards," he said.

Amu made the remarks while speaking at a discussion marking the World Standards Day at the BSTI headquarters in the capital on Monday.

This year, the BSTI, a national standards body, and its regional offices are observing the day with various activities across the country.

The theme of the day is 'International Standards and the 4th Industrial Revolution'.

Director General of BSTI Sardar Abul Kalam presided over the discussion, with Additional Secretary of Industries Ministry Begum Parag was present as the special guest.

The minister said BSTI is the only standardisation body at the national level.

The quality of industrialisation and public health depend on the activities of this organisation. If the BSTI resorts to dishonesty and biasness, this can be a serious threat to the nation, he said.

"Keeping this view in mind, our government has implemented various programmes for modernisation and capacity building of BSTI. So, all officials of the BSTI must discharge their duties with professionalism, honesty, sincerity, and patriotism," Amu said.

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