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 Standardisation , a Tool to Improve Efficiency and Competitiveness

Date: October 16, 2012
Domain:Sustainable Development; Economy & Finance
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - October 16, 2012: “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency” is the theme of an international conference which opened this morning at the Sugar Beach Resort, Flic-en-Flac. This event coincides with the celebration of the World Standards Day, normally held on 14 October as a tribute to the thousands of volunteers who participate in standardisation activities.
The aim of the three-day conference, organised by the Mauritius Standard Bureau (MSB) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), is to raise public awareness on the importance of standardisation in the economy. Another objective is promote standardisation with a view to meeting the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide.  
By focusing on less waste and more efficiency, the conference is in line with government’s ambition to embrace a green economy and sustainable development, in particular with regard to the Maurice Ile Durable concept.
In a speech the acting director of the MSB, Mrs. Rashida Nanhuck, highlighted the need to achieve objectives by implementing processes to develop products or services of optimal quality with minimal waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. This , she said is an indicator of efficiency which helps organisations maximise profits and meet their goals.  According to her these are crucial factors for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment.
Standards help organisations meet their customers’ needs while focusing and optimising company processes. Regulators can use international standards as a means to show compliance and as a base for market and consumer friendly regulations. Consumers can thus rest assured that international standards promote efficiency on issues that matter to them, like product labeling or safety, said Mrs Nanhuck.
For her part the Manager, Technical Policy of the ISO Central Secretariat, Mrs. Sophie Clivio, recalled how international standards are powerful tools for helping organisations capitalise their potential in the global marketplace. In today’s highly competitive and complex world the issue of sustainability, viewed from an economic, environmental and societal perspective, means that businesses must be more efficient across a wide range of measures and issues, she pointed out. 
Standards are developed by experts from around the world and comprise internationally harmonised best practices which can be used to measure, compare and increase efficiency and reduce waste. By providing common specifications, international standards enable products, services and technology from different vendors to fit together like pieces in a puzzle. They support interoperability and compatibility, provide a solid base for developing innovations and facilitate market access to new products.
International standards such as those from ISO, International Electrotechnical Commission, and the International Telecommunications Union are crucial for increasing efficiency. This issue has come to the forefront as global challenges like sustainability and financial uncertainty whereby organisations are challenged to achieve better results with less waste.
The policy of the MSB is to promote and provide demand driven standards, as well as internationally recognised conformity assessment services to various sectors of the economy.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: Website:Government Information Service
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