A delegation from Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), an affiliated organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), visited SASO. The delegation was headed by Mr. Sebahittin KORKMAZ, the Chairman of Board of Directors of SMIIC, and accompanied by Mr. İhsan ÖVÜT, the Secretary General of SMIIC.
SASO Governor, Dr. Sa'ad bin Othman al-Kasabi, and a number of SASO officials received the Chairman of SMICC Board and the accompanied delegation. The two parties addressed the mechanisms and strategies of mutual action and technical cooperation to serve the interest of all SMIIC member states.
The visit aims to enhance mutual cooperation to activate SMIIC efforts in the fields of standardization and specifications in Islamic states, address the mechanisms used to strengthen standards development process at SMIIC and review the effective participation in its technical committees. In addition, the meeting addressed the implementation of a number of mutual projects that come in line with SMIIC strategy. The visit also seeks deepening the role of SMIIC as an OIC mutual platform for technical work besides exchanging information and ideas about the recent and expected SMIIC activities.
SASO pursues to promote and build communication with SMIIC member states in order to upgrade the infrastructure of standardization and accreditation in the Kingdom and Islamic countries and unify standard specifications and quality systems to improve bilateral trade among these countries. Consequently, the national economy will develop, the comprehensive growth process will continue, consumers' health and safety will be protected and member states' economies will flourish.
It is worth mentioning that SMIIC aims at enhancing cooperation and coordination among Islamic countries in the fields of standardization and accreditation. It also works towards facilitating trade of commodities and services and supporting commercial exchange in general. SMIIC is an affiliated organ of OIC. It was established in 1998 and comprises 29 Islamic member states.