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12 Oct 2015

IEC Young Professionals Workshop kicks off in Minsk

MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) - Young Professionals Workshop held as part of the 79th General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has kicked off in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

Partaking in the event are almost 70 young professionals from 35 countries. Representatives of Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, China, the United States, Mexico, Japan and other countries gathered in the Belarusian capital. On behalf of Belarus, partaking in the forum are four specialists. IEC President Junji Nomura opened the event and emphasized that IEC’s strategy is to develop new markets and technologies. He called on the young professionals to promote the interests of the companies and the countries they represent.

IEC General Secretary Frans Vreeswijk stressed that the strategy of the commission is long-term. IEC’s mission is to strengthen the cooperation with the industrial sector. “IEC standards secure a faster access to markets and diffusion of technologies developed in industrially advanced countries, which is quite useful for business,” Frans Vreeswijk pointed out. In his words, IEC standards help satisfy customers' needs, make technologies cheaper, and attract investment.

The three-day program of the IEC Young Professionals Workshop includes meetings, presentations by IEC officers, educational events, and group trainings. The participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the activities of the IEC and discuss current issues.

The 79th General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission is running in Minsk from 5 to 16 October. It is a big event not only for the economic, scientific, and technical life of Belarus but also for the entire international community. This is the so-called technical Olympics which brings together representatives of the world's largest manufacturing companies: from mid-level engineers and managers to senior management, and top-ranking officials of ministries and departments. The General Meetings are held in advanced industrial countries and in promising regions. Among its member states are 166 countries.

Belarus became a full member of the International Electrotechnical Commission in 1993. At present, as many as 224 Belarusian technical experts and 54 organizations are involved in the work of 92 IEC technical committees/subcommittees.

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