The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday urged the government to upgrade and strengthen the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution in a bid to enhance organisational capacity.
The chamber also called upon the government to bring transparency to the services of BSTI as entrepreneurs occasionally get harassed during anti-adulteration drives.
"The capacity building of BCSIR and BANSDOC for need-based and market-oriented research should be taken up on a priority basis," MCCI said in a statement.
The recommendation came as MCCI President Rokia Afzal Rahman led a delegation to a meeting with Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu at the minister's office in Dhaka.
At the meeting, Amu said the government will be on the high alert to prevent malpractices of BSTI and other wings of the ministry.
The minister also asked the MCCI to gather public opinion on the chamber's list of suggestions.
The chamber leaders also met with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed. The officials suggested the formation of nationwide updated databases of companies, services, products and sales to allow proper determination of the industries' performance.
MCCI also urged Ahmed to reinitiate high-level talks with India to reduce non-tariff barriers to the neighbour's markets, which the chamber is currently working to identify for selected products.