India, Sri Lanka to to harmonise standards and certification procedures by early next year

Sri Lanka and India are trying to harmonise standards and certification procedures between the two countries by early next year to move the Indo-Lanka agreement another step forward. Sri Lanka and India are trying to harmonise standards and certification procedures between the two countries by early next year to move the Indo-Lanka agreement another step forward. “We are hoping to work out a scheme for mutual recognition of quality certification processes within the next six months,” said Director General, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI), B S Mendis to Lanka Business Online.

SLSI is the national standard setting body and is Sri Lanka’s technical arm for quality certification matters under the Indo-Lanka agreement.

India and Sri Lanka are hoping to clear up bottle necks at entry points and facilitate a smoother flow of exports between the two countries by agreeing on standards and processes for exports.

“Initially we will focus on items traded in large quantities,” says Mendis.

Sri Lanka is already in the process of examining the local procedures for exporting copper and spices that are both high volume exports.

Copper came to over 60 percent of total e