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Action Plan for Harmonisation of Standards Along the Belt and Road (2015-2017)

On 22 October 2015, the Action Plan for Harmonisation of Standards Along the Belt and Road (2015-2017) (the Action Plan) was issued by the National Development and Reform Commission. This Action Plan highlights just how the goals set out in the Visions and Actions on Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road are to be achieved. Overall, the initiative has been designed to simplify investment and trade procedures, improve standards to an international level and support the construction of greater connectivity. It also aims to promote the wider adoption of China’s technical standards in the near term, as well as improving related policies and measures in a bid to boost greater co-operation in production and equipment manufacturing with third party nations.

As part of the Action Plan, China is looking to deepen mutually beneficial co-operation with regard to the standardisation and recognition of standards with a number of key countries along the Belt and Road routes. This will include prioritising the signing of standardisation co-operation agreements with the national standards bodies of several countries, including Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Egypt and Sudan, as well as with members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (such as Saudi Arabia). In a number of infrastructure sectors, such as the power, railway, marine, aviation and aerospace industries, as well as in the emerging industries of energy conservation and environmental protection, new-generation information technology, smart transportation, high-end equipment manufacturing, biotechnology, new energy sources and new materials, China will invite key countries along the Belt and Road routes to undertake studies with regard to the desired international standards. The objective will be to jointly develop international standards and improve the internationalisation level of those standards.

In line with the Action Plan, China will also organise and carry out comparative analysis of the standards of key import and export commodities in selected major countries and improve information services with regard to those standards. In addition, China will set up agricultural standards demonstration zones targeting the ASEAN markets as a way of promoting its agricultural standards and management experience. China will also conduct research into localisation and step up standards promotions, as well as working towards raising the level of standardised planting techniques in countries along the Belt and Road routes.

Click here for a full Chinese version of the Action Plan.

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