October 14th is World Standards Day

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is preparing to mark the observance of World Standards Day on October 14th 2018. As in previous years, the SLBS will be hosting a series of major activities which will be held under the theme International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  World Standards Day is an international observance coordinated by the three global standardization bodies: The International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

This year’s theme focuses attention on “the emerging technologies, which are blurring the traditional boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds. This increased connectivity of people and things will impact the way we produce, trade and communicate, much like steam power transformed production methods and the way of life of many societies during the first Industrial Revolution.” Standards they surmise will play a major role in shaping the new era

In Saint Lucia, the SLBS uses the opportunity to advocate for an appreciation of standardization to improve our quality of life as well as showcase opportunities for implementation of standards by both the public and private sectors which will improve access to services as well as promote the value of standards for other accesses, for trade and commerce.

The SLBS will be hosting activities across the month of October, to include the annual Sir Lewis Community College Lecture Series from 3rd-11th October, a National Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee meeting, the launch of the Commonwealth Standards Network CSN, a sensitization workshop with CARICOM Regional Organization for Quality and Standards on an energy efficiency labeling scheme, a media sensitization and launch of the new SLBS website, address to the Nation by the Minister in the Department of Commerce Honourable Bradley Felix, Quality Management System Standard Training and a meeting of the Global Entrepreneurship Workshop GEW in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce.

The SLBS remains focused in expanding advocacy for and information on standards across the island as work continues to promote a quality culture in Saint Lucia.

For further information please call Vernet Fontenelle 453-0049/720-8756 or email v.fontenelle@slbs.org

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