2014-01-23 10:34:22 - Aiming to increase public awareness, ESMA has discussed all the prospects, benefits and consequences of applying International System of Unit(SI) to enhance textile industry and drive UAE economy to the international level
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has organized a workshop on 19 January 2014 in order to illustrate the mechanisms of applying the metric system instead of yards in the textile trade all over UAE. The workshop was participated by key entities, including Acting General Director of ESMA H.E. Eng. Mohammed Saleh Badri, Director of Metrology at ESMA & President of GULFMET, Eng.Mohammad Ahmad AlMulla, Honorary Chairman of Texmas Mr. Tejinder Singh Khurana, Honorary Secretary of Texmas Mr. Ram Bhagchandani, and Managing Director of Blossom Trading L.L.C. Mr. Mahesh G. Advani along with several textile merchants in Dubai.
The key elements of the workshop are to discuss all merchants’ concerns, raise the awareness towards this regulation and to
highlight the importance of unifying the measurement units to support UAE economy. During the workshop, participants openly discussed the challenges in the implementation of the regulation. One of textile merchants claims “It will be a little difficult to adjust now as we buy in yards and we sell in yards, this system has been in practice for long in the UAE and there hasn’t been any issue, I don’t know why there is a need to change now”. In response to that claim, H.E. Eng. Mohammad Saleh Badri, Acting General Director of ESMA said “This workshop complements our extensive efforts to adopt the national system of units to enhance UAE economy and we also aim to help both merchants and consumers so in this regard we have given merchants a-one-year grace period to convert from yards to meters and I think this period is enough for them.”
While the Director of Metrology at ESMA & President of GulfMet Eng.Mohammad Ahmad AlMulla emphasized that textile merchants who will not implement the metric system of measurement will face legal action from next year depending on the offense. “Going forward, ESMA will coordinate with local and federal agencies for the prohibition of using illegal units of measurement, on various products not only textiles,” added Eng. AlMulla
The Honorary Chairman of Texmas Mr. Tejinder Singh Khurana believes the workshop is an interactive environment where ESMA and Merchants, mainly wholesalers, discussed all the issues of the new regulation. “This implementation needs a lot of work to convince the merchants; especially the retailors, to covert to the new system and we are cooperating with ESMA as one-hand to facilitate this mission,” said Khurana