EU to support Pakistan in TRTA programme

EU Launch of TRTA Program

Pakistan will be provided support in building the necessary capacity to address trade related issues, thereby fostering its integration into the world economy and contributing to poverty alleviation.

Jan DE Kok Head of European Union delegation Pakistan in a workshop expressed these views. The workshop was held by the Ministry of Commerce in co-operation with the European Union (EU) here on Tuesday.

He said the European Commission has approved funding of 9.5 million euro with United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) of 500,000 euro for the second phase of the Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme. The duration of the programme would be of 54 months with an initial inception phase of six months foreseen at the beginning of implementation.

Jeon Sebastien Rowre, advisor on Legal Aspects of Trade said the government officers of trade and commerce group would be imparted necessary training about trade policy by the international intuitions and for this purpose there would be arranged some 2 to 3-week short courses for them.

Khawaja Muhammad Yusuf chief Executive Officer National Productivity Organization (NPO) said that fisheries sector in Pakistan has great potential for export and to make this sector more active and reliable in international market, 1000 fishermen would be given training by the international trainers so they can be helpful in this sector.

The TRTA II targets support for trade policy development, support to priority sectors with high export potential such as horticulture, fisheries and selected industrial products such as fans, surgical instruments, cutlery and sporting goods.

It includes sector support to increase productivity and value addition as well as strengthening of intellectual property rights regime.

The TRTA II Programme has three components. The first component aims at building capacity within Ministry of Commerce to formulate trade policies and to proactively participate in trade negotiations by enhancing active engagement of the private sector in these processes. The ITC will implement this component.

The second component aims at strengthening the quality and conformity assessment infrastructure and services with focus on selected export supply chains (fisheries, horticulture and selected industrial products) to meet international standards and compliance requirements. The UNIDO will implement this component.

And the final component aims at strengthening the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR5) regime in Pakistan through protection of IPRs by improving the enabling environment for business, investment climate and value addition of export products. The WIPO will implement this component