On July 21, the Latvian Standard (LVS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia signed an agreement on the implementation of the grant project “Standardization as a support instrument for rapid response efforts to the state of emergency in Georgia caused by COVID-19 pandemic”. The project partners are the Georgian National Agency for Standards and Metrology (GeoSTM) and Tilde, Ltd. The project implementation period is from 21 July to 20 November 2020.
The project purpose is to support the strengthening of the capacity of the Georgian standardization system to provide publicly and operationally available information on requirements, solutions and best practices based on international and European health care products standards for the production of personal protective equipment, as well as business continuity and sustainability.
The project envisages translation of standards required among Georgian companies into Georgian and their publication in the categories of protective equipment where there is a shortage of reserves and in the production of which local production companies, such as protective masks, medical gowns, gloves, etc., are ready to participate.
In cooperation with the project partner Tilde Ltd, it is also planned to create a machine translation platform for technical documents, guidelines, etc. thematic material for operational translation, as well as to set up an e-learning platform and training program pilot project. Tilde is known to be one of Europe's leading language technology and localization companies, developing machine translation systems, online terminology services, mobile translation applications and proofreading tools.
Project for implementation of activities will result in improved GeoSTM response capabilities in crisis situations where standardization and standards is devoted to an important role COVID-19 and has a similar crisis would create a challenge to overcome. At the same time, Georgia's national standardization system will be modernized, supporting the automation of processes already under way. The creation of an e-learning platform will improve the availability of information and education on standardization and conformity assessment topics for a wide range of target groups (entrepreneurs, students, industry experts, etc.), which will allow targeted transfer of foreign technological competences and knowledge, as well as innovation and growth in a sustainable and sustainable way.
The project has received funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia development cooperation budget in 2020.