The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), in collaboration with Qatar’s Ministry of Environment, the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) and GULFMET inaugurated the 1st Gulf Metrology Forum and Exhibition on Monday, December 14, 2015, under the patronage of His Excellency Engineer Ahmad Bin Amer Al-Hemaidi, Qatar’s Minister of Environment who attended the event at the Hilton Hotel Doha, Qatar.
HE Engineer Ahmad Bin Amer Al-Hemaidi delivered an opening address in which he said: “Human beings have used measurements since early civilisations emerged up to modern times. The need for accurate measurements has increased with technological advancement and surge in production and global trade. Thus, developed countries had to establish specialised research centres for metrology sciences to develop standards and measurements that are internationally accepted. These metrology centres are the cornerstone of quality infrastructure in different countries. In fact, metrology is the technological language spoken by the current advanced world.”
His Excellency stressed: “Qatar National Vision 2030 is a wise roadmap that adopted development and modernisation in various sectors to diversify income sources and guarantee the sustainability of growth and prosperity in the State of Qatar. Therefore, Qatar represented by the Ministry of Environment and Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS), in collaboration with GOIC, sponsored and hosted the 1st GMF. We believe in the importance of metrology as an efficient development tool in Qatar and other GCC countries.”
HE the Minister of Environment concluded by thanking all organisers, sponsors, speakers, scientists and specialised professionals and wishing the – hopefully annual – Forum great success.
In his speech, HE GOIC Secretary General Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Hamad Al-Ageel thanked HE Engineer Ahmad Bin Amer Al-Hemaidi, Qatar’s Minister of Environment for his patronage of this key event. His Excellency also thanked all the organisers for their cooperation, notably QS, GSO, GULFMET and the companies who sponsored the 1st GMF and were full of trust in the success of the event: Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Fuel (WOQOD), Qatar’s Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the Economic Zones Company (Manateq), Specialist Group, Qatar’s Al-Sharq Newspaper, the Saudi Arabian Quality Council (SQC), Qatar Chamber, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Qatar’s Armed Forces Calibration Centre.
Mr. Al-Ageel said: “GCC countries deployed huge efforts to establish metrology organisations to keep up with international trends and promote their economies at the international level, and that was how GSO and GULFMET were founded.” He added: “GCC markets are considered global emerging metrology markets facing increasing technological challenges all over the globe. Furthermore, regional conformity assessment systems are key to the internationalisation of GCC metrology activities, not only at the level of energy industries, but throughout the various industrial sectors to fulfil the huge surge in demand of measurement services in the last decade.”
GOIC Secretary General explained: “GOIC was keen to hold this first forum of its kind in the Middle East to deal with metrology-related topics in Gulf and international markets in light of reports published by international companies operating in the area of metrology revealing that the demand of metrology services would witness an increase until 2020. In fact, the recovery of the global economy is expected to be worth 824.6 million USD per year in all industrial sectors, particularly automotive, aviation, electronics, energy and others. The recovery of the global economy will positively impact the Gulf, resulting in a surge of investments in various fields like energy, industry, health, food and their associated services.”
Mr. Al-Ageel underlined that “international industrial standards have become a key element to efficiently trade globally and to build and develop a local technological base that is capable of adapting to the global technological advancement.”
He added: “In order to compete internationally, countries need to be capable of manufacturing high-quality products in accordance with international standards. Accurate measurements are needed to guarantee that products are in line with these standards, hence the need to establish a modern national system for standards to allow GCC countries to become industrially advanced countries. It would also help them keep up with fast growth of comprehensive economic activities, boost scientific and technological levels and promote the credibility of their products to be traded internationally.”
GOIC Secretary General concluded: “We hope that the Forum will result in recommendations to help develop metrology, underline its importance in building advanced societies, enact legislations and update internationally recognised technical systems and spread them in the countries of the Arabian Gulf. We wish to meet on an annual basis through this Forum to work on promoting the concepts of metrology within the economies of our countries for the best of the Gulf industrial sector and the economies of our beloved countries.”
HE Mr. Nabil Amin Al-Mulla, GSO Secretary General, delivered a speech in which he thanked GOIC for this outstanding initiative that helps raise awareness to the importance of metrology and its key role in various aspects of our daily lives, the wellbeing of humanity and the scientific and industrial advancement. “We praise GOIC for this initiative that deserves to be supported by all means”, he said.
Mr. Al-Mulla reiterated GSO’s support of this important event: “We would like to benefit from the recommendations and outcomes of the 1st GMF to improve metrology-related activities in GSO member countries. We look forward to working with all parties to support this valuable initiative promoting joint Gulf ventures.”
HE the Secretary General explained: “GSO’s foundation was to promote the economic agreement and as a key requirement for the GCC Customs Union. GSO, the regional independent measurement authority based in Riyadh started working under the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf in 2004. The Organization endeavours to develop and coordinate various metrology activities between GCC countries, including issuing Gulf standard specifications and technical regulations and developing unified systems to guarantee conformity of metrology activities.” He added: “The GSO is deploying relentless efforts to build a comprehensive set of regulations and procedures aiming at laying the foundation of a GCC quality infrastructure that is in line with internationally recognised and accepted rules, systems and practices. This reflects the commitment of GCC countries to fulfil the obligations arising from their membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
HE Mr. Al-Mulla underlined GSO’s achievements in the world of metrology at two main levels: a. updating metrology-related legislations and aligning them with international practices; b. promoting technical capacities in the field of metrology to guarantee international recognition. He explained: “GSO issued and adopted a unified system of legal metrology regulations and explanatory guides for all GSO member states that is in line with international legislations and meets the needs of member states at the same time. Furthermore, to reinforce technical capacities of member states, GULFMET was founded to boost efficiency of national metrology laboratories. The objective was to gain international recognition by being in line with the international regulations.”
Mr. Al-Mulla stated: “During the CIPM meeting in Paris on the 15th and 16th of October 2015, the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) granted GULFMET a provisional international recognition as a regional metrology organisation (RMO) having met the requirements.” He congratulated metrology professionals and called upon GSO member states to benefit from this achievement to promote metrology-related activities in their countries.
GSO Secretary General concluded: “We hope to see concerted efforts in support of the now internationally recognised RMO – GULFMET – to promote metrology in its various fields. Our ultimate objective is to meet the requirements of scientific and economic development, to fulfil the needs of the Gulf industrial sector and to protect customers. This is how we give metrology activities the attention they deserve at the regional level.”