Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) jointly organized a discussion meeting on the occasion of World Accreditation Day 2019 at the conference room of Industries Ministry today on 9 June, 2019. The theme of this year is "Accreditation: Adding Value to Supply Chain". Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, MP was present as the chief guest while DCCI President Osama Taseer was present as special guest. Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md. Abdul Halim chaired the seminar.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, MP said that accreditation is a certification of goods or services for their quality assessment, based on international standard which expedites export and import activities across the world creating confidence. He also said that from procurement of raw materials to the finished products at the consumers' level, supply chain plays an important role. Accreditation can be an important tool for conformity assessment in this supply chain process worldwide, he said. He said that the present government is an industry friendly government and the Ministry of Industries is committed for country's rapid industrialisation. He said for sustainable private sector development in the country, his Ministry will give policy support to the entrepreneurs.
DCCI President Osama Taseer said that contribution of international trade in our GDP is 36.5 percent. Bangladesh exports to about 200 countries in the world. According to The Chartered Institute Procurement and Supply 70% percent of a company's expenditure goes for raw materials procurement. Accreditation creates confidence among the parties involved in a supply chain process, he said. He urged for diversification of export items for a sustainable economic development. Conformity assessment of a product by a accredited laboratory reduces concerns of international importers. As Bangladesh progresses to be a developed country by the year 2024, Bangladesh intends to sign bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements with various countries.
Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md. Abdul Halim said that beside RMG, other sectors will also get benefits to increase export competitiveness. The Ministry has formulated of Leather and SME Policies and soon these policies will be placed to the Cabinet meeting. The Ministry has already formulated a IP policy and Policy for Informal Sector is also is in consideration, he informed. He said that we have to give facilities to our local manufacturers first.
Director General of Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) Md. Monwarul Islam said that the World Accreditation Day is being observed in 195 countries in the world. Accreditation is an international demand and to ensure best quality of product and services and it becomes an obvious instrument for export competitiveness worldwide.
Published on: 2019-06-09