SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jan, 2020
The seventh annual meeting of the Indo-German
Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 16th and 17th January
2020 in New Delhi with around 80 participants.
Germany and India established the Working Group
in 2013 to strengthen their economic and technical cooperation, reduce
technical barriers to trade, and increase product safety. The German Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in collaboration with other Ministries
are working closely together on standardisation, accreditation and conformity
assessment, metrology, product safety and market surveillance.
Director General Stefan Schnorr of the German
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: “Quality infrastructure is
the language of international trade. With a growing relevance of technical
regulations – such as mandatory standards – our exchange on regulatory
approaches and compliance procedures eases doing business and boosts trade. I
welcome the signing of our Work Plan 2020.
We have agreed to intensify the cooperation on
standards, technical regulation, certification, and market surveillance in key
economic areas such as machinery safety, automotive, electric mobility and
cybersecurity, said an official statement.
A mutual understanding of requirements for safe
and secure products helps to protect the citizens in both countries. Our
Indo-German discussion paper on the cybersecurity of Internet of Things (IoT)
devices which we just launched is a good example for our successful cooperation.
Secretary, Consumer Affairs, Avinash K.
Srivastava said that “Germany is a trusted and important partner for India. It
is encouraging to see the intense technical cooperation that happens in our
bilateral Working Group. I am happy to see that we have deepened our
cooperation in areas such as cybersecurity, market surveillance, Industry 4.0,
and legal metrology. This year we will also put a focus on strengthening the
dialogue on technical regulation, exchange on regulations of medical devices,
and exploring twinning arrangements at ISO and IEC level.”
This year's annual meeting was attended by a German
delegation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
headed by Director General Stefan Schnorr, representatives from the German
Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Commission for Electrical,
Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE), the National Metrology
Institute of Germany (PTB), and representatives from German companies and
industry associations such as VDMA and VDA.
The Indian delegation included representatives from the
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, the Ministry of
Electronics and Information Technology, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and
Public Enterprises, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as well as the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).