The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) recently signed a Cooperation Arrangement with the Ukrainian Research and Training Center for Standardization, Certification and Quality (UkrNDNC). It will enable stronger standards cooperation, including through the exchange of information related to the administration of national mirror committees and cooperation in the development of international standards.
The arrangement with Ukraine supports Global Affairs Canada in its implementation of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). It is similar in nature to other cooperation arrangements and Memoranda of Understanding that SCC has signed to support the implementation of Canada’s free trade agreements, including with the European Union, Korea, Mexico, and the United States.
“I am very pleased that SCC signed this Cooperation Arrangement with our partner in Ukraine,” said Chantal Guay, Chief Executive Officer of SCC. “These arrangements strengthen Canada’s economic, political and trade relations with our international partners – and further support Canada’s trade diversification priorities.”
Mrs. Hanna Lisina, Director General, UkrNDNC noted, “We are excited to formalize the cooperation between SCC and UkrNDNC that began during a visit by the Ukrainian delegation to Canada last November. The signing of this Cooperation Arrangement will facilitate the support of CUFTA provision implementation in the sphere of standardization. We look forward to continued collaboration between SCC and UkrNDNC in support of the Canadian-Ukrainian partnership.”
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 with similar organizations in other countries is a means to deliver on this mandate.