Standards Conclave Role of Standards in International Trade and use as Non-Tariff Measures Challenges, opportunities & issues
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·    According to Mr. Ajit Seth, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Indian industry must play an important role in developing standards in India.  The Cabinet Secretary was delivering the Inaugural Address at the Standards Conclave: Role of Standards in International Trade: Challenges Opportunities and Issues organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on April 16-17, 2014.

The Cabinet Secretary observed that India does not have a standard driven culture and India’s manufacturing sector has been accustomed to an environment where standards have not been given the priority it should have. He emphasized the need for an umbrella legislation to be put in place to provide an instrument to notify standards in a smooth and time bound manner while meeting the international obligations.

He observed that internationally the role of standards had gained importance with the adoption of SPS and TBT Agreements during the Uruguay Round of WTO. He felt that India needs to take a leading role in the identification and development of standards. This will help improve the competitiveness of Indian Industry and help it to improve its export prospects and better integration in the global economy.

·      In his address, Mr. Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India stated that standards had effectively replaced tariffs in the international trade discourse. He stated that development of rules had also gained greater importance than tariffs. Countries around the world are developing higher standards and are designing products to meet these standards. He felt that the time had come for Indian Industry to accord priority backed by resources to this important aspect. This, he felt, would be important both domestically and internationally.

Elaborating further, Mr. Kher highlighted how different countries in Africa are upgrading their standards for various products and many of these were now at par with developed country standards. He felt that Indian industry may find itself shut out of some of these markets if it does not prepare itself to meet the emerging challenges.

The Commerce Secretary also spoke of the enclavisation of international trade with the creation of mega trading blocs like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Regional Comprehenive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was leading to a paradigm shift in the trade regime. The emphasis had moved away from tariffs and these blocs would now be focused on creation of rules, regulations and standards. He felt that India needs to find a place in this new architecture and regulatory regime.

Mr. Kher was of the view that government and industry needed to be on the same page in terms of development of standards. He felt that a comprehensive law needed to be formulated under which standards development could take place. He observed that there was a need to mainstream the acceptance of standards even within the Government of India and a consultative mechanism needed to be put in place to bring all stakeholders together while formulating standards.

·      In his address Mr. Sunil Soni, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards stated that India needed to take greater advantage of the SPS and TBT agreements under the WTO. Of the 18,000 notifications issued under these agreements from various countries, regulations issued from India numbered only 93. Even these few were the topic of intense debate as the entire ecosystem does not seem to be in place. This pointed to the need to put in place a sound regulatory environment in the country.

Mr. Soni observed that while the BIS is the apex organization for the formulation of standards in India, there were other organisations involved in this process as well. He felt that there was a need to develop synergy between the BIS and these organisations.

·       In his opening remarks, Mr. Deep Kapuria, Chairman, CII MSME Council and Chairman, Hi-Tech Group stressed on the need to make compliance with standards affordable. He felt that the high cost of compliance may lead to a large number of MSME’s not being able to export their products.

·      Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII in his welcome address stated that the enhancement of standards would not only boost India’s exports but also would restrict inferior imports which are causing serious injury to the domestic industry.

 
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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a Standards Conclave on 16-17 April at New Delhi. Mr. Ajit K. Seth, Cabinet Secretary and Mr. Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary spoke at the Conclave.

 

With tariffs going down around the world, there is an urgent need to create a strong standards regulatory framework.  The Standards Conclave will help domestic industry in increasing the exports by helping them to measure up to international standards and conformity assessment procedures. This would also help in preventing poor quality imports which is causing serious injury to domestic industry. The Conclave will explore ways and means to incentivize exporters to adopt appropriate standards and simplify the procedures for obtaining the necessary certification of the same.

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Cabinet Secretary: Indian Industry must play an important role to play in developing standards
Mr. Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary to Lead High-Level Delegation to India Show, Hong Kong / Over 100 companies and 200 participants would showcase Indian Innovations to enhance Bilateral Trade Relations
Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, Hi-Tech Group at the inaugural session of the Standards Conclave 2014
Role of standards in international trade: An introduction by Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII
Mr Sunil Soni, DG, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at the inaugural session of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Rajeev Kher, Secretary, Department of Commerce at the inaugural session of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Ajit K Seth, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India at the inaugural session of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, Hi-Tech Group at the inaugural session of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Jayant Dasgupta, Former Ambassador, WTO on “Role of Standards in the Context of WTO Agreement on SPS/TBT and international Perspective”
Issues and Experiences on Food Safety Standards and Regulation by Ms Shashi Sareen, Senior Food Safety & Nutrition Officer, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Technical Regulations Facts by Mr Rajan Sudesh Ratna, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy & Analysis Section-Trade & Investment Division, United Nations ESCAP
Codex and Its Relevance by Mr S Dave, Chairman, Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
Role of Standards in the Context of WTO Agreement on SPS/TBT and International Perspective by Mr Harsha Vardhana Singh, Senior Associate (Strategic Research and Policy Analysis), ICTSD
An open house discussion on “Role of Standards in the Context of WTO Agreement on SPS/TBT and international Perspective”
Mr Jayant Dasgupta, Former Ambassador, WTO on “Role of Standards in the Context of WTO Agreement on SPS/TBT and international Perspective”
Mr Sunil Soni, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on "Existing ecosystem on TBT related Standards/ Technical Regulations/ Regulatory framework/ Conformity Assessment/ Enquiry points and assessment of gaps”
National Standards Ecosystem and Role of National Standards Body by Ms Parmindar Bajaj, Scientist ‘c’ and Chief (Standardization), Bureau of Indian Standards
Industry Perspective on Standardization and Conformity Assessment by Mr Anupam Kaul, Principal Counsellor, CII
Accreditation and Conformity Assessment Infrastructure by Mr Anil Jauhri, CEO, NABCB
Existing Lab Infrastructure and International Acceptance of Laboratories by Mr Anil Relia, Director, NABL
Role of GLP in and Use as Non-Tariff Measures Challenges, Opportunities & Issues by Ms Vinita Sharma, Former Adviser, Dept. of Science & Technology
Standards, Regulations and International Trade: Role of WTO/ FTAs by Ms R V Anuradha, Partner, Clarus Law Associates
An open house discussion on “Existing ecosystem on TBT related Standards/ Technical Regulations/ Regulatory framework/ Conformity Assessment/ Enquiry points and assessment of gaps”
Mr Sunil Soni, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on "Existing ecosystem on TBT related Standards/ Technical Regulations/ Regulatory framework/ Conformity Assessment/ Enquiry points and assessment of gaps”
Mr S Dave, Chairman, Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) & Advisor , FSSAI on “Private Standards”
Voluntary/Private Standards Issues and Challenges by Mr Anil Jauhri, CEO, NABCB
Private Standards-International Perspective by Ms Melanie Landthaler, Consultant on Standards Research, ITC, Switzerland
Mr Ramani Iyer, CEO, Forbes Marshall on “Private Standards”
Standards Conclave: Role of Private Standards by Mr R A Venkitachalam, VP-Global Public Safety, UL India Pvt Ltd
An open house discussion on ‘Private Standards’
Mr S Dave, Chairman, Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) & Advisor , FSSAI on “Private Standards”
Mr Sumanta Chaudhary, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry on “Sectoral case studies related to TBT”
CII-MOC Standards Conclave: Role of Standards in International Trade by Mr P Bhaskaran, Director (Finance), Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers by Mr I V Rao, Executive Adviser, Maruti Suzuki Pvt. Ltd
Mr Praveen Toshniwal, MD, Toshbro Controls Pvt Ltd on “Sectoral case studies related to TBT”
Mr Partha Sarathi Guha Patra, VP & Head-Corporate Affairs, Wipro Ltd on “Sectoral case studies related to TBT”
Petrochemical Industry Perspective by Mr Sapan Ray, Sr. EVP, Reliance Industries
Indian Steel Industry by Mr Ashutosh Kumar, Associate Vice President, JSW Steel
An open house discussion on “Sectoral case studies related to TBT”
Mr Sumanta Chaudhary, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry on “Sectoral case studies related to TBT”
Mr D K Samantaray, CEO, FSSAI on “Existing ecosystem on SPS related Standards/Technical Regulations/ Regulatory framework/Conformity Assessment/Enquiry points and assessment of gaps”
India’s Framework on SPS and TBT Standards by Mr S Dave, Chairman, Codex Alimentarius Commission & Advisor, FSSAI
Facilitation Worldwide access to Indian Exporters by Mr S.K. Saxena, Director, EIC
Monitoring of SPS Notifications by Mr T S Vishwanath, Principal Adviser, APJ- SLG Law Offices
Regulations in Agricultural & Processed Foods Exports-Experience & Lessons by Mr A K Gupta, Director (BEDF), APEDA
Mr D K Samantaray, CEO, FSSAI on “Existing ecosystem on SPS related Standards/Technical Regulations/ Regulatory framework/Conformity Assessment/Enquiry points and assessment of gaps”
Mr Asit Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce on “Sectoral Case Studies Related to SPS”
Organic Products Standards Equivalence-Recognition/Agreements by PVSM Gouri, Advisor, APEDA
SPS Measures of Importing Countries and Response of Indian Authorites by Mr Elias Sait, Secretary General, Seafood Association
MRL for Ethoxyquin in Shrimp in Japan-A Case Study by Ms Asha C Parameswaran, Joint Director, MPEDA
An open house discussion on “Sectoral Case Studies Related to SPS”
Mr Asit Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce on “Sectoral Case Studies Related to SPS”
Mr J S Deepak, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce on “Recent Sectoral Experience in Regulation”
Safety Standards for Electronic Goods by Mr Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology
Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Orders: Experiences and Lessons by ACR Das, Consultant, Ministry of Steel
Mr Arun Kumar Panda, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on “Recent Sectoral Experience in Regulation”
Good Regulatory Practices by Mr Rahul Kumar, Scientist ‘’C’ & Head (International Relation), BIS
Mr D K Singh, Additional DGFT, Directorate General of Foreign Trade on “Recent Sectoral Experience in Regulation”
Harmonized Spectrum and Technology Standards by Mr Ashok Chatterjee, Executive Director (Standardization), TSDSI
EU’s Reach Regulation by Mr Shisher Kumra, Executive Director, Sustainability Support Services, Sweden
Recent Sectoral Experience in Regulations (Medical Devices) by Mr Vibhav Garg, Head - Health Economics and Government Affairs, Boston Scientific India Pvt Ltd
Mr J S Deepak, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce on “Recent Sectoral Experience in Regulation”
Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman & MD, PI Industries Ltd at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
Roadmap to Technical Regulation by Mr Anil Jauhri, CEO, NABCB
Mr S Dave, Chairman, Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) & Advisor, FSSAI at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Sunil Soni, DG, Bureau of Indian Standards at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Rajeev Kher, Secretary, Dept. of Commerce at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr K Chandramouli, Chairperson, FSSAI at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman & MD, PI Industries Ltd at the Session 8: Way Forward of the Standards Conclave 2014
 
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