BSTI to introduce digital certification for imported goods

Staff Correspondent

21 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) is going to introduce digital certification for imported products to ensure their quality.

BSTI Director General Dr Md Nazrul Anwar revealed the information while speaking at a webinar on Thursday as some businesses try to get their imported products released through fake certification.

“All BSTI offices across the country will be notified about the certification of imported goods on a real-time basis through uploading documents online. It’ll also bring transparency in the operation management of the certification process,” he said.

The government agency responsible for controlling the standard of services and quality of goods organised the virtual meeting titled ‘Bangabandhu’s Philosophy in Industrialisation: Importance of Measurement in Product and Health Services’, marking World Metrology Day.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun addressed the programme as the chief guest while State Minister Kamal Ahmed Mojumder and Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana were connected to the virtual meeting.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid said the government has taken initiative for halal certification for export-oriented products through BSTI to boost the international trade.

He directed the BSTI officials to ensure supervision of the measurement of products.   This year, World Metrology Day was observed in the country as elsewhere across the world with the theme ‘Measurement for Health’. The BSTI chief made the welcome address at the meeting while BSTI Director (Metrology) Shamim Ara Begum gave the vote of thanks.

Recalling Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the industries minister said he had tried to lead the country’s economy through industrialisation from roots and her daughter has elevated the nation to a developing one.

State Minister Kamal Ahmed said local industries have to maintain the global standard in measurement to lead the economy to prosperity.

Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana said the accuracy of measurement is important in daily essentials and health diagnosis simultaneously.

“BSTI has an important role to ensure good governance in measurement. The standard authorities have to strengthen their drive to ensure fair measurement across the country,” she said. Nazrul Anwar said they have introduced quick response codes for online services for securing the logos of respective brands.