The opening ceremony of the premises of the Central Secretariat of ECO-RISCAM (ECO Regional Institute for Standardization, Conformity Assessment, Accreditation and Metrology) and its Technical Management Board of Conformity Assessment was held on 14 December 2016. High ranking officials from host country and ECO Secretariat as well as ambassadors and representatives of the Member States participated in the ceremony.
The programme was hosted by H.E. Dr. Nayereh Pirouzbakht, Head of National Standard Organization of Iran. The event was jointly opened by statements made by H.E. Dr. Abbas Araqhchi, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran and H.E. Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca, ECO Secretary General.
During his inaugural statement, ECO Secretary General highlighted the activities of the ECO Secretariat for preparation of the groundwork for operationalization of the ECO-RISCAM. He also seized the opportunity to request remaining Member States to sign and ratify the Statute of ECO-RISCAM which will greatly help early activation of the Institute.
After the statements, the participants attended a formal lunch hosted by Dr. Pirouzbakht. The second part of the programme was the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the RISCAM premises, attended by the high level officials of the host country, some Member States and ECO Secretariat.
Further to note that the Institute and its Technical Management Boards will, among others, promote the development of quality infrastructure and help remove the technical barriers to trade by harmonization of standards, as well as accreditation, conformity assessment and metrology practices through cooperation with national bodies and international organizations. The ECO-RISCAM will be affiliated to ECO as one of its regional institutions.