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News release – 2017 Number 01

The IEC work to advance international trade in the global spotlight

Dr Shu Yinbiao at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos 2017


Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-01-17Dr Shu Yinbiao, IEC Vice-President and Convener of the Market Strategy Board (MSB), participated in the panel discussion, Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 17 January 2017, in Davos, Switzerland.


At a time when the eyes of the world’s political, business and civil society leaders were focused on this Swiss mountain village, Dr Shu showcased how the work of the IEC encourages international trade.


Here is an excerpt of Shu’s Davos address where he speaks about the IEC:


“I have been working for the IEC for many years. IEC stands for International Electrotechnical Commission. The products of the IEC are standards. Standards can promote international trade, with technology standards.


IEC has now over 20,000 expert engineers from all over the world. With IEC standardization, the manufacturers and the labs can manufacture their products according to unique (international) standardization. This is very helpful.


IEC was founded in 1906, we are 110 years old already. And it has a very good working procedure – everyone can participate in standardization development…the Standards are produced by consensus. Every expert has to agree with the Standard.


The IEC work is divided into many groups. We call these groups Technical Committees (TCs). In the TCs they are working in a specific area, for example, like electric cars. The engineers come together, they meet several times in a year.


For one Standard it may take several years to finish. So they are very careful for the standardization but it is not difficult, people are very enthusiastic to participate in the standardization development.”


Also on panel were:

  • Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company
  • Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys
  • Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce
  • Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries
  • and Moderator: Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford