02.02.2010 19:04 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ On February 2, 2010, Armenian-European Policy and
Legal Advice Centre (AEPLAC) in cooperation with the Ministry of
Economy, EU Advisory Group to Armenia, German Institute of Metrology
(PTB) and The World Bank organized a workshop on "Road Map for the
Reform of Quality Infrastructure". The target audience of the workshop
were decision-makers of the Ministry of Economy, National Institute of
Standards, National Institute of Metrology, Agency of Accreditation,
State Inspectorate of Protection of Markets and Consumers Rights,
AEPLAC press service reported.

The workshop was an important milestone in a coordinated effort
of international donors to assist Armenia in the reform of the
quality infrastructure with the objective to raise the international
competitiveness of its economy and ensure progress toward a Deep and
Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with EU.

Coordinated activities of international donors were initiated in
July 2009 following the need to create a modern system of quality
infrastructure in Armenia, which would comply with international
requirements including EU standards and hence reduce technical
barriers to trade. Since then, an awareness workshop was held, a
metrology assessment report written and submitted to the Ministry of
Economy, road map for the reforms drafted, and additional resources
for high-quality policy advice on respective reform measures convened.

The workshop discussed draft road map for further QI reforms, which
guides the Armenian government in the process.