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John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada and Enkhtaivan Gurjav, Chairman of the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM)

John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada and Enkhtaivan Gurjav, Chairman of the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM)

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is pleased to announce the successful outcomes of a three-day exchange with representatives from the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM). Building on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2010, SCC and MASM met to explore and prioritize standardization sectors of mutual interest and to agree on a framework for advancing their cooperation agreement.

Among the priority sectors identified in discussions by SCC and MASM are mining, transportation infrastructure, winter roads and building construction, urban planning, emergency preparedness, and environmental protection. Canadian standardization expertise and experience are of considerable interest to Mongolia because of similar climatic conditions.

"Our work with MASM has helped to deepen our awareness of the important links between our two countries" said SCC's Chief Executive Officer, John Walter. "SCC is eager to explore further standardization opportunities with MASM in the hopes that it will enhance market access for both Canadian and Mongolian exporters."

"Our discussions with the Standards Council of Canada were very productive," noted MASM's Acting Chairman, Mr. Enkhtaivan Gurjav. "Canada's experience and expertise in standardization are valuable models for Mongolia. We are eager to continue to work with the Standards Council of Canada toward further cooperation between Canada and Mongolia."

In addition to engaging MASM delegates on standards-related topics, the SCC facilitated meetings with representatives from Natural Resources Canada, National Research Council Canada, Transport Canada, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Reducing Trade Barriers through the Standardization of Infrastructure

This latest exchange between SCC and MASM on the standardization of infrastructure will contribute to Canada's relationship with Mongolia as an important trading partner. Shared standardization practices will serve to strengthen these ties, reduce trade barriers and open the door to new trading opportunities.

SCC technical experts will visit MASM in the coming months to move forward with the work plan established at this SCC-hosted meeting in Canada.

About the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology

The Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM) is Mongolia's national body for standards and metrology. MASM contributes to the development of Mongolia's society, economy, industry and trade by establishing standards related to consumers' rights on the basis of mutual understanding and voluntary agreement between parties in governmental authorities, industry and business, and by continuously developing standardization activities aligned to the market system. MASM approves and publishes all Mongolian standards, represents Mongolia within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is Mongolia's World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade Enquiry Point.

About the Standards Council of Canada

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a Crown Corporation and a portfolio of Industry Canada. With the goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being, the SCC offers accreditation services to standards development bodies and coordinates the efforts of Canadians in the development and use of national and international standards. The SCC is the Canadian member of the ISO and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For additional information on the work of the SCC, visit www.scc.ca or email info@scc.ca.

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