The United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), under the framework of their cooperative programme, Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme, is assisting the Government of Pakistan in developing its trade capacity, including better control of import and export quality and compliance with international standards. The programme has comprehensively analyzed the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) related challenges across various agricultural and small industrial sectors, particularly, in relation to realization of their export potential.
The TRTA programme is actively engaged in pursuing establishing a functional SPS Management System at federal, provincial and district level in Pakistan. A draft SPS policy paper has been prepared by the TRTA programme with the technical assistance of an international expert. And to develop a national consensus on the future outlook of policy and organizational step up for implementing an effective SPS management system two consultative meetings were held in Karachi and Lahore last month. The third and final round of consultative meeting on SPS policy is being convened on 02 December 2010 at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. This consultative meeting will be opened by Federal Minister for Food & Agriculture (MinFA), Nazar M. Gondal, and Secretary Ministry of Livestock & Dairy Development (MoLDD), K.M. Siddiq Akbar, will chair the first technical session and Director General National Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (NAPHIS), Malik Zahoor Ahmad, will chair the concluding session where the recommendations of the UNIDO International Expert in SPS will be presented for endorsement.
The Consultative Meeting is expected to be attended by a wide cross-section of policy makers/government officials from the concerned departments, ministries, including MinFA, MoLDD, Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Health, as well as from the private sectors (food manufactures, Chambers of Commerce and Associations).
TRTA II is funded by the European Union (EU) amounting to €9.5 million with a co-funding from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) of €500,000. UNIDO has been designated by the Government of Pakistan and by the EU as the implementing agency of the overall programme. The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will implement parts of the Programme.