Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu stressed the need for maintaining the quality of the country's export products in the international market and government is taking the issue seriously and trying to facilitate trade. He said that the industries ministry is helping to get the Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) more global foothold by having the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) membership of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
The Minister said this while addressing a seminar on 'Role of Accreditation in Export Promotion' at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) auditorium in Dhaka on 16th February 2014.
This Seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Industries (MoI), BAB, DCCI and Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD).
(Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Board member of BAB Md Liaquat Ali, BAB Director General Md. Abu Abdullah, DCCI President Mohammad Shahjahan Khan and Business Initiative Leading Development Chairman Asif Ibrahim are showing BAB Published Accreditation Handbook at the DCCI auditorium.)
Additional Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md Farhad Uddin was present as the special guest with DCCI President Mohammad Shahjahan Khan chaired the seminar.
The DCCI President stressed the need for creating acceptability of the country's exportable products and services in the international arena through accreditation. He said that quality issue is the growing concern of the global businesses and accreditation is the single most important tool in this connection. He also added that the laboratory testing units of international standard could be established through Private Public Partnership (PPP) initiative and it is important to strengthen BAB and make it more effective. He informed that for meeting the World Trade Organisation (WTO) requirements BAB is the only authority for issuing accreditation to testing and calibration laboratory and local businessman can take accreditation certificates of international standard from BAB at a lower cost.
Chairman of BUILD and former DCCI President Asif Ibrahim opine that through private sector lab outsourcing BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution) can reduce their workload. He said that testing laboratories were very important for the export business and private initiative was needed to boost the area.
Director General, BAB, Md Abu Abdullah said BAB has accredited 11 national and multinational testing and Calibration laboratories as per ISO/IEC 17025. He also informed that BAB will apply for MRA by April this year and expressed hope that by the end of this year BAB will get the MRA.
Board Member of BAB M Liaquat Ali presented the keynote paper at the seminar. He highlighted diversification of products and markets to increase exports. He added that some challenges needed to be met for the effectiveness of the deal including improving physical infrastructure, coordinated policies and power supply.
Trade officials and business leaders said that signing of multilateral recognition agreement with different international bodies would ease non-tariff export barriers as the absence of the facility are causing financial and procedural troubles for the Bangladesh businesses.