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STANDARDIZATION AND METROLOGY TO PROMOTE TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION WITH GULF COUNTRIES

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Moscow, August 2 – Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology Anton Shalaev held a meeting with the management of the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO) represented by its President H.E. Mr. Saud Al-Khusaibi and Director for Standardization and Metrology Dr. Oday Albuhamad. The Russian delegation also included representatives of the Rosstandart central office and the Russian Standardization Institute.

The Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO) is a regional organization for standardization and metrology, which includes the national authorities of the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. To date, GSO adopted more than 26 thousand regional standards adopted in their turn as national standards in the GSO member countries. The GSO structure also includes the GULFMET - association of metrological agencies, whose activities are aimed at developing the metrological infrastructure and measuring capabilities of the Gulf States.

During the meeting, the parties highly commended the interaction potential for strengthening trade and economic cooperation and discussed promising issues of cooperation in the field of metrology and standardization.

In terms of metrology, the parties discussed the issues of participation in interlaboratory comparisons, development of calibration and measurement capabilities of GULFMET members, as well as the Russian metrological institutes participation in research and development projects of GULFMET.

In the field of standardization, the parties considered the procedure for information exchange, possibility of joint development of standardization documents, participation in the technical committees’ activities as observers and digitalization projects.

By the end of 2021, the parties expect to agree and sign the Memorandum of Cooperation between Rosstandart and the GSO.

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