10th Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of TRTA Programme
The 10th Program Steering Committeemeeting ofthe EU funded TRTA-II programme, was held in Islamabad on 20th, April, 2016. Mian Asad Hayauddin, Additional Secretary (AS), Ministry of commerce, along with, Mr. Bernard Francois, Head of Cooperation, EU, co-chaired the PSC.
The, AS, acknowledgedthe effective implementation of the TRTA-11 Programme by UNIDO and its partners ITC and WIPO. The valuable monitoring of Programme´s activities by PITAD on behalf of MoC was also appreciated. He thankedEuropean Union Delegation (EUD) for their decade long constant support which, has resulted in enhancing institutional capacities in Pakistan for international trade.
He said, the EU has been munificent in providing substantial market access to Pakistan, particularly through the EU GSP+ scheme. Pakistan is developing effective public private dialogue partnerships to realize the benefits from the market access regime, at one end and is working with international organizations for effective implementation and enforcement of the 27th mandatory UN convention on the other end. Increasing exports can help in poverty alleviation and reducing the unemployment, whereas good governance, improved women and children rights and climate change are in the interest of Pakistan. Full credit may be given to GSP+ for an overall positive impact on Pakistan in all these areas.
The AS informed the PSC members , that, though, Pakistan´s economy has been facing some serious challenges in the last few years such as energy crises, peculiar security, and law and order situation that have damaged the business environment of the country, nevertheless, Ministry of Commerce has been endeavouring to improve business environment with available resources and prevalent market conditions. In this connection, valuable input has been provided through a series of Public Private Consultations and research studies under Component-1 of the TRTA-II. The GoP acknowledges the role of ITC (International Trade Centre) for arranging Public Private Consultations on important trade policy issues.
The AS informed the PSC, that Mo Commerce is cognisant of the fact that the lack of efficient and low cost alternative dispute resolution mechanism discourages investment from foreign investors and traders, that is why, Commerce Ministry has recently established Trade Dispute Resolution Organization (TDRO), and ministry hopes that it would be a very vibrant organization in resolving trade disputes and developing the confidence of foreign businessmen and bridge trust deficit with their Pakistani counterparts for creating business friendly environment. He appreciated the technical assistance of the ITC for the draft TDRO Law.
The ASappreciated the role of the TRTA-II Programme for helping the business community to opt standard compliance in different products. The Commerce Ministry values its partnership with the EU and the implementing agencies of the TRTA-II Programme i.e. ITC, UNIDO and WIPO and looks forward to working together to achieve more shared objectives.
Mr.Umar Dad Afridi, Director, PITAD , while representing PITAD , appreciated ,TRTA-II, programme, specially, the role played by ITC,in effective and relevant trade policy formulation, through PPDs, institutional capacity building of PITAD , capacity building of commerce and Trade group officers, development of training modules, for syllabus of C&T group officers, and joint certification with WTI.
The PSC, meeting was attended by Mr. Esam Alqararah, UNIDO representative, Mr. Steffen Kaesar, Unit Chief UNID0 Head quarter, TRTA II Program Manager, Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo, CTA, TRTA-II Programmme, , Mr. Jean Sebastien, Senior officer Business and Trade Policy ITC and Young-ah LEE, Senior Programme Officer, WIPO.