International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade.
For developing countries, International Standards are an important source of technological know-how. Developing countries can use International Standards to access knowledge in areas where they may lack expertise and/or resources. In addition, International Standards can improve access to global markets. As they define the characteristics that products and services have to meet on export markets, International Standards help developing countries take part fairly in international trade.
The ISO Action Plan for developing countries outlines a number of programmes, which are designed to increase participating developing countries capacity and involvement in standardization, improve their awareness of the benefits of standardisation, and also help strengthen regional cooperation.
The ISO Action Plan can be located here: ISO Action Plan for Developing Countries 2011-2015