Under the EU funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme a two day training course on “Trade in Agriculture” was held on 10-11 June 2013 at Lahore. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) manages the TRTA II programme’s overall implementation. The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the associated implementing partner for Component 1 of the programme concerned with trade policy capacity building. The training course was jointly conducted by International Trade Centre (ITC) and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) in collaboration with the Agriculture Department and Industries, Commerce and Investment Department of Punjab with the technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI).
The training was delivered by the master trainer from Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Mr. Nauman Aslam who was supported by his mentor, Dr. Christian Haberlie, from WTI through video conference. Dr. Ali Abbas Qazilbash from TRTA II Programme officer, an expert from National Animal Plant Health and Inspection Services (NAPHIS), also delivered lectures on the SPS controls and the draft law on food safety developed by the TRTA II programme.
The training course aimed at building the capacity of the officers working in various ministries and government departments regarding the importance of Trade in Agriculture. The training focused on the domestic conditions affecting agriculture productivity, impact of liberalization of international trade in agriculture, food security, etc. Particular attention was given to investment related issues and multilateral negotiations in agriculture. The training also gave an opportunity to the participants to identify the areas where they can contribute to the domestic regulatory reforms as well as bilateral and multilateral negotiations in the agriculture sector.
More than sixty five government officers and researchers from federal government ministries, implementing agencies, provincial departments and research organizations participated in the training to strengthen their capacity regarding domestic agricultural productivity and issues related to negotiations and international trade.