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El Salvador Presents Standards Program in Conjunction with MOU Signing

ASTM President Jim Thomas and CONACYT Executive Director Carlos Roberto Ochoa Córdova sign the memorandum of understanding.

In September, CONACYT, El Salvador’s National Council for Science and Technology, welcomed ASTM President Jim Thomas and Director of External Relations Teresa Cendrowska to San Salvador for a program connected to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations.

Some 180 representatives of academia, government, consumer groups, and industry attended the program, which was opened by Ing. Miguel E. Lacayo, the El Salvadoran minister of economy; Thomas and Cendrowska followed Lacayo at the podium. CONACYT Executive Director Carlos Roberto Ochoa Córdova concluded the program with a speech that announced the opening of a National Center for Standards Information. The new center will maintain a collection of ASTM, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and other standards, with the goal of improving the El Salvadoran economy, particularly as it pertains to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

L. to R.: Ochoa Cordova; Thomas; Ing. Miguel E. Lacayo, El Salvador Minister of Economy; Edward P. Heartney, U.S. Embassy Deputy Economic and Commercial Counselor; and Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM Director of External Relations.

After the presentations, Ochoa Córdova and Thomas signed the memorandum of understanding between ASTM International and CONACYT.

In a private meeting with Minister Lacayo, Thomas, Cendrowska and Ochoa Córdova discussed issues of mutual interest regarding the usefulness of ASTM standards to El Salvadoran government and industry.

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