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New UNE standards to promote a more resilient and digital Ibero-America

29/01/2021

The next Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government will take place in Andorra on 21 and 22 April 2021, under the slogan "Innovation for sustainable development - Objective 2030." Among other things, this will be the forum for the Ibero-American business meetings, for which various preparatory meetings are already being held.

The result of this work prior to the Summit today is the publication of two very relevant reports for those interested in the Ibero-American region.

Both reports, prepared by CEIB (Ibero-American Business Council), in collaboration with SEGIB (the Ibero-American Secretary-General) and FIJE (Ibero-american Federation of Young Entrepreneurs), analyse the situation in the region after the pandemic and reflect on the road map to be followed in the future.

As in the rest of the world, technical standards, or standards will play a key role in the Ibero-American region. Standards are the bridge between researchers, industry and the market. Thus, the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has undertaken a policy of approaching and exchanging best practices with the Standardisation Bodies of the Latin American region. Based mainly on the signing of agreements that facilitate the exchange and assignment of standards.

The figures, more than 1,300 standards provided in a single year, highlight the interest of Latin American countries in UNE standards. Standards are a benchmark and a passport for the harmonisation of technical requirements and the marketing of products in Europe and Latin America.

It should be recalled the role that standards play as a driving force for innovation and technological developments. Thus, the EU's digitalisation strategies and policies will be based in part on standards. Similarly, standards are valuable tools for organisations that are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).