UNU-IAS and IDE-JETRO will co-organize the special seminar International cooperation through establishment of standards and certification systems for environmentally-friendly products and technologies.
Public-private partnerships are currently considered the main means for setting up and implementing the systems needed to develop overseas markets for Japanese products and technologies, with various international cooperation initiatives underway. In the area of environmentally-focused technology such as energy-saving products, one of the aims of such initiatives is the formulation and regulation of industrial standards relevant to the products. However, in practice, such regulatory systems are rarely adopted.
Based on previous research on international cooperation, it is vital that developing countries independently develop and implement their own regulatory systems, raise awareness of environmentally-focused products, and foster a sense of ownership. If a country is pressured into adopting a regulatory system, there is a strong likelihood that the system will falter or fail.
This symposium will introduce case studies of developing countries in the Asia region seeking to support environmental conservation through increasing standardization and certification (quality-control testing, etc.) of environmentally-friendly products, and consider how such cooperation can be strengthened.
The event is free and open to the public. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English and Japanese. For programme details and to register, please refer to the IDE-JETRO event announcement.
JETRO Headquarters (5F, ABCD Meeting Rooms)
Ark Hills Bldg.