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ANSA, ACCI sign agreement to standardize local products

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA) signed an agreement with Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) aimed at supporting standardization and implementation of international norms related to Afghan products.

The agreement was signed on Wednesday between Head of ANSA, Popalzai Popal, and Chief Executive Officer of ACCI, Atiqullah Nusrat, to provide and promote the standards related to products.

Atiqullah Nusrat said that every market in the country is full of low quality imported goods which are threatening people’s life.

He termed lack of standards and technical regulations a big challenge towards exportations, adding that absent of international norms had slowed the national economic growth.

Regarding contribution of the ACCI in implementation of the standards, he said that ACCI participated in 14 meetings on national standards and had significant role in determining 441 norms in 2007.

Speaking at the signing agreement ceremony, Khan Jan Alkozai, the deputy chief of ACCI said that observation of food security and importation of standard goods, especially in medicines is the responsibility of private sector.

He termed implementation of standards and technical norms in business an effective economical, social and cultural measure for improvement of trade dealings, adding that import of low quality goods, particularly poor quality medicine should be prohibited.

Popalzai Popal said that standardization is essential measure to be fulfilled in all sectors and completion of standards in trade and productions would ensure the economic growth.

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