The NOTB: increasing the competitiveness of domestic producers, a guide to innovations

On March 27, the National Organization of Turkmenistan for Barcodes (NOTB) celebrates six years since its inception.

Over the past years, the NOTB has strengthened its position as a structure that promotes the introduction of legal market mechanisms in the national economy and enhances competitiveness in the global markets for domestic goods. Considerable work has been done to use best practices in the system of automatic identification of goods and services, and to develop international trade and economic partnership.

In May 2015, the National Organization of Turkmenistan for Barcodes became a full member of the International Organization for the Creation and Implementation of Unified Standards “GS1 (Global Standard One)”. Turkmenistan was assigned the corresponding prefix (code) of the country “483”.

Currently, thanks to the activities of this structure, all products manufactured in the country are marked with a bar code.

The organization’s work in the field of automatic identification, which contributes to the implementation of the accounting and statistics system widely used in international practice in various sectors of the national economy is of great importance in the context of the implementation of the Concept for the Development of the Digital Economy in Turkmenistan in 2020-2025.

The NOTB was established in 2014 in accordance with the Decree of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, with the support of the domestic business community and trade enterprises that are part of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, which today form a significant part of its members.

This is the first public organization in Turkmenistan, the activity of which is assessed as meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, opening up new opportunities for it in the context of international cooperation.

The voluntary non-profit association includes 1593 structures, including ministries and sectoral departments, organizations, and enterprises of the public and private sectors.