Standardization training in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Unable to send a representative to the 36th ASEAN ACCSQ meetings in Cambodia, Lao PDR welcomed the 11 March 2011 visit to Vientiane of IEC Affiliate Country Programme Secretary Françoise Rauser and IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre) Officer in Charge Dennis Chew, who stopped there while on their way to the meetings.
The IEC representatives were received by Nheune Sisavad, Director-General of the DISM (Department of Intellectual Property, Standardization and Metrology), and his deputy, Sisomphet Nboybuakong, at a first meeting with the Director of DISM Standards and Quality division, Bouavone Sinouthady.
This year, no one from Laos was able to attend the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ACCSQ (ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality) meetings in Cambodia. However, a group of 15 people from DISM, Lao Electronic Engineering, Electronic Du Lao, Department of Electronic-City, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and Lao Metrology Institute, were able to receive a day of training by the two IEC representatives at NAST (National Authority for Science and Technology).
Their training included advice on how to go about selecting appropriate technical fields and how to gain access to the IEC working documents through personalized logins, information that will help DISM review additional IEC International Standards for adoption and further involve stakeholders with a view to expanding Laos’ NEC (National Electrotechnical Committee) and acquiring the necessary expertise to be able to comment on IEC documents.
- Standards and Quality department of DISM. From left to right: Latdavanh, Françoise Rauser, Bouavone Sinouthady (Director of Standards and Quality), Soulivong, Bounhom.
- DISM management
From left to right: Bouavone Sinouthady (Director of Standards and Quality), Sisomphet Nhoybouakong (Deputy Director General), Nheune Sisavad (Director General).
- Cultural Laos.
Lao PDR joined the IEC Affiliate Country Programme in 2002 through STEA (Standardization and Metrology Sciences, Technology and Environment Agency), now known as NAST.
In 2006, the country received 50 IEC International Standards as a benefit under the terms of the Affiliate Country Programme. It adopted these as national standards a year later when it constituted its NEC.
In 2009, Laos was upgraded to Affiliate Plus status. It is looking to benefit more from its new status and to enlarge its present technical committee for EEP (electrical and electronic products).