The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) recently signed a Cooperation Arrangement with the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), the national standards body of Brazil, to advance cooperation between both organizations.
This arrangement with ABNT provides the framework for continued cooperation in areas of mutual priority, including regional engagement and international standards governance. In fact, SCC already works closely with ABNT, particularly through the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT). SCC’s 2017 research report, Speaking the Same Technical Language, revealed that this type of regional engagement increases Canadian trade. SCC’s participation in COPANT was actually associated with a 10 percent increase in Canada’s exports to member countries and a 17 percent increase in imports from member countries.
"We are very pleased to sign this Cooperation Arrangement with Brazil,” said Chantal Guay, Chief Executive Officer of SCC. “It will further strengthen our relationship with ABNT and support Canada’s trade diversification priorities bilaterally with Brazil and as part of Mercosur.”
We consider this cooperation between ABNT and SCC as a first step forward in the bilateral negotiations between Brazil and Canada, as standards are a tool to support trade facilitation and also help to avoid technical barriers,” said Ricardo Fragoso, the Director General of ABNT.
SCC’s mandate includes promoting efficient and effective standardization to advance the national economy, facilitate international trade, and further international cooperation in relation to standardization. Entering into arrangements like these with similar organizations in other countries helps to deliver on this important mandate.