The forward looking countries try to deal with emerging international trade challenges by developing coherent trade policy with the joint consensus of multiple government institutions, business associations and firms, trade unions, consumer organizations and other members of civil society. For a country like Pakistan also, it is essential to have an objective-oriented trade policy framework that is directed by institutions which are well coordinated, considering, particularly, the interests of private sector stakeholders.
The experiences from successful exporting countries clearly show that key to success lies in constructive collaboration between public and private sectors. More often it is the traders, who are better placed than government in identifying the barriers and opportunities for exporting.
In Pakistan, there is a need to bridge participation and engagement deficit of the private sector in trade related policy and regulatory reforms. Therefore, the TRTA II programme is undertaking comprehensive, regular and well informed Public Private Dialogues (PPDs) among government, the private sector and civil society so as to provide a basis for rational trade policy development in Pakistan. Cllick here Trade Time – Issue # 4