Better accreditation facility needed to boost export
Trade officials, businesses say at a seminarStaff Correspondent
Trade officials and business leaders at a seminar on Sunday said that signing of multilateral recognition agreement with different countries would ease non-tariff export barriers as the absence of the facility are causing financial and procedural troubles for the local businesses.
At the seminar titled role of accreditation in export promotion, they said the country was becoming an export-oriented nation where proper accreditation facilities for different products and materials were crucial.
The seminar was organised jointly by the industries ministry, Bangladesh Accreditation Board, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Initiative Leading Development at the DCCI auditorium in the capital.
‘Multilateral recognition agreement is the ultimate instrument of accreditation which will facilitate trade among the signatory countries. If signed, Bangladeshi exporters will be able to test their products in a local lab approved under the deal,’ said BAB member Md Liaquat Ali while presenting the keynote paper.
He said lack of proper testing labs and absence of agreements with other countries cost the local businessmen more as they had to test the materials in the importers’ country.
‘The agreement will help us in all the testing, medical testing, calibration and the BAB is now
working on the issue with priority,’ he said.
He said that some challenges needed to be met for the effectiveness of the deal including improving physical infrastructure, coordinated policies and power supply.
DCCI president Mohammad Shahjahan Khan said, ‘Quality issue is the growing concern of the global businesses and accreditation is the single most important tool in this connection.’
The World Trade Organisation maintains sanitary and phyto-sanitary agreements which make such testing unavoidable, he said.
‘An image of good accreditation also works as a better bargaining tool for the businessmen,’ he said.
Shahjahan said that BAB had already got the authority for issuing accreditation to testing libratory and calibration laboratory.
‘So, local businessman can take the two quality certificates locally at a lower cost,’ he said.
BILD chairman and former DCCI president Asif Ibrahim said that testing labs were very important for the export business and private initiative was needed to boost the area.
‘Labs can be built under private initiative which will also be a good business venture in the coming days,’ he said.
Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said the government was taking the issue seriously and trying to facilitate trade.
‘We have a vision to make Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021. To do that we need to boost our business to reach out more global market,’ he said.
He said the industries ministry was helping to get the BAB more global foothold by having the MRA membership of Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
BAB director general Md Abu Abdullah also spoke on the occasion, among others.
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