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2005
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July

Strategic Advice on the establishment of a WTO Cell at EPB

An advisory mission took place in July to assess the current structure of the Export Promotion Bureau and to provide strategic advice on the future development of a WTO Cell in EPB. The mission held extensive consultations with Senior Officials of the EPB, followed by meetings with stakeholders in the public and private sector, including relevant Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, selected enterprises, EC Resident Mission, and Multilateral Organizations. Following these consultations, concrete recommendations were made on its internal placement within EPB and its role in informing business of the implications of WTO agreements. The experts’ report presents a ‘blueprint’ for the establishment of the WTO Cell, including on ways it could function sustainably in the long term.
Karachi, Pakistan  
August – September

Survey of selected leading Trade Promotion Organizations around the world

An international expert conducted a survey on the role played by a selection of National Trade Promotion Organizations in the activities of the World Trade Organization ("WTO"). The purpose was to inform the study on the establishment of the WTO Cell at the Export Promotion Bureau into whether it should, and if so how, provide support to Pakistan’s exporters wishing to have information about the Country’s participation in the World Trade Organization.
   
August

Translation and customization of the practical guides

In conjunction with local institutions, ITC has started the work related to the customization and translation of key publications, e.g. the “Business Guide to the World Trading System” and the “International Trade Rules: An answer book on WTO Agreements for small and medium-sized exporters”. The publications will be customized to take the Pakistani context into account and translated into Urdu.
   
September

Services Export Training

Export Promotion Bureau officials received technical training on successful services exporting to enhance their ability to work with the private sector from 5 – 14 September 2005 in Karachi and Lahore. At each 3-day training session, an international consultant and national expert delivered the ITC modules for government officers, services exporters, and services associations, which were tailored to the Pakistani market. Export officials learned how to raise awareness of service exports, how to support service exporters, and succeeding as a service exporter, for example. The September training provided refresher instruction to the export officials and expanded instruction to services associations and services exporters. Trainees attained an increased level of knowledge of specific means to enhance service exports.

Karachi & Lahore , Pakistan  
September

Establishment WTO reference centre in the Ministry of Commerce

A WTO reference centre was established between 27 – 29 September 2005 at the WTO Wing of the Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad. This reference centre was the third to be established within the context of the project, following reference centers at EPB Karachi (in November 2004) and LCCI (in March 2005). The reference centre was equipped with computer hardware and relevant software. Officials from the WTO delivered a two-day training on the DDA Agenda, the July 2004 Package and the 2005 follow-up of the negotiations. Two days of training sessions were dedicated to the WTO Data Bases; i.e. the WTO Website (Public and Member), the Integrated Data Base (IDB), the Consolidated Tariff Schedules (CTS), the Services Electronic Schedules data base, the Statistics Data Base, the Documents on line (public and restricted), the DVD and CD-ROM training supports, and on-line and off line training sessions. The reference centers will provide for a source of trade related data to respond to the need for practical information on the multilateral trading system, facilitating, inter alia, the development of trade policy. In addition to the official WTO reference materials, these centers provide business and product-specific information analyzing the implications of WTO Agreements on business development. In addition, the center is equipped with ITC’s Market Analysis Tools, enhancing the relevance of services offered.

Islamabad, Pakistan  
September

Establishment of WTO reference center at the Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad

The third WTO reference centre has been established at the WTO Wing of the Ministry of Commerce in Islamabad . The reference centre was equipped with computer hardware and software. Officials from the WTO delivered a two-day training on the DDA Agenda, the July 2004 Package and the 2005 follow-up of the negotiations. Two days of training sessions were dedicated to the WTO Data Bases; i.e. the WTO Website (Public and Member), the Integrated Data Base (IDB), the Consolidated Tariff Schedules (CTS), the Services Electronic Schedules data base, the Statistics Data Base, the Documents on line (public and restricted), the DVD and CD-ROM training supports, and on-line and off line training sessions.
Islamabad , Pakistan  
September

Services Capacity Report

ITC has conducted a comprehensive study of five services sectors including information technology, financial, construction and architectural, professional and medical and health services to determine specific trade constraints through interviews with approximately 20 firms in each sector in the summer of 2005 in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. A questionnaire with pre-coded and open-ended questions was used to allow for qualitative and quantitative analysis. The study provides important information on services trade activity in Pakistan and insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the services market including market opportunities and infrastructure challenges.
   
September

Services export training

ITC conducted a second series of capacity building activities to raise awareness of the future importance of services exports to Pakistan and to train and engage officials of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Association officials and service providers to work towards growth for the sector. The activities entailed conducting refresher training for EPB officials in ITC’s successful services exporting program in Karachi for one day and then in both Karachi and Lahore with EPB officer assistance, one day’s training for industry associations and two day’s training for exporters .
Karachi , Pakistan  
September

Seminars on WTO agreements and Doha negotiations

In order to enhance awareness among Government officials, the business sector and civil society about the implications of the World Trade Organization Agreements on the economy of the country and to assist the country in building the necessary capacity to address issues relating to its participation in the WTO, a series of back-to-back training seminars was organized in Islamabad. Karachi and Lahore between 20 September and 04 October 2005. Each 3-day seminar provided the participants with information on trade in Goods, Trade in Services, TRIPs, Dispute Settlement and the Doha Round. Although the audience in Islamabad was basically composed of Pakistani government officials, businesses representatives basically composed the audience in Karachi and Lahore.

Islamabad , Karachi & Lahore , Pakistan  
November

Roundtable meeting public-private sector consultation

ITC kicked off a process of discussion and debate about the current public-private trade policy consultation mechanisms in Pakistan with a roundtable in Lahore on 26 November. The aim of the process is to see how trade policy consultation mechanisms might be strengthened. An international expert gave an overview of international comparative practices, with a view to presenting ideas that could be considered in the Pakistani context. In addition, a national expert presented a snapshot of current opinion on Pakistan’s public private trade policy consultation mechanisms. The roundtable was the first of a series of activities planned under this project component. A further meeting will be held in the third quarter of 2006 to discuss the conclusions to date, with a view to defining how consultation mechanisms can be most effectively strengthened.

Lahore , Pakistan  
November

National workshop on selected services sectors

Organized by the Government of Punjab, in partnership with UNDP, EPB and ITC, a GATS conference was held on 14-15 November in Lahore. Attendance approached 400 people including service practitioners from the financial, legal, construction and engineering, information technology, tourism, health, transportation, and education sectors. Representatives of these firms considered, inter alia, trade in services in the context of the GATS agreement, addressing trade constraints through coalitions, and the Service Export Roadmap. Trade enabling ministries, services associations, and trade support institutions attended and engaged in the discussion of Pakistani trade in services and implications for GATS negotiations. The conference helped raised awareness among the private sector of how constraints to their ability to export services may be addressed.

Lahore , Pakistan  

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