Dear Legal Metrology Colleagues,
I am pleased to extend to you this invitation to attend the 13th OIML
Conference in Sydney in October 2008 that will be held in conjunction
with the 43rd CIML Meeting.
Legal metrology has perhaps never been as important as in this time of
rapid growth in global trade. The ability of nations to trade with each
other depends on fair and transparent legal metrology systems; the well
being that has come from balanced trade over just the last 20 years is
clear for all to see. The work of the OIML and of the CIML is an important
factor in achieving and maintaining such progress.
It is 20 years since Australia has had the opportunity to host the OIML
Conference, in 1988. Since then much has changed for Australian metrology
with the formation of the National Measurement Institute in 2004; bringing
together physical, chemical, biological and legal metrology. The Australian
Government also decided in 2007 to establish a national system of trade
measurement. NMI has the exciting challenge of leading the transition
from the existing, fragmented legal metrology systems to a single national
system by 1 July 2010, and then managing it into the future.
I therefore urge you to come and join us in Sydney in October 2008 so
that you can learn about our progress and share your experiences with
us, as well as participate in the stimulating conference agenda.
Dr. Laurie Besley
NMI Chief Executive and Chief Metrologist