The vital role of standards in promoting product quality and international trade was the theme of the recent China Yiwu International Commodities Fair. Dennis Chew, the Director of the IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, was among those taking part.
An estimated 20 000 people attended the event in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, between 21 and 25 October. The Standardization Administration of China and the Ministry of Commerce co-hosted the event with the Zhejiang provincial authorities.
Participants included standards development organizations, and testing and certification bodies from China, the United States and Europe, as well as 2,000 companies from South Korea, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Italy and China.