Panel Discussion: Integrating Pakistan’s Economy into the Global Trade

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On the occasion of United Nations 70th anniversary, the United Nations Communications Group organized a week long UN70 festival to showcase the work carried forward by the 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes of the UN System in Pakistan in collaboration with their local partners. This Festival started on the 12th October 2015.

The objective of this festival was to showcase the results achieved by the United Nations System in Pakistan while highlighting the crucial role of its partnership with the Government of Pakistan, the Member States, the donor agencies and the civil society. This festival also raised awareness towards the values of the United Nations and of its work at national and global level among the general public and ensured that Pakistan actively participated in this global campaign celebrating the 70th anniversary.

In this connection, UNIDO-EU Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme hosted a panel discussion on 14th October 2015 at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

The theme of the discussion was “UNIDO-EU TRTA: Pakistan’s Integration to Global Trade”.

Trade is identified as one of the principal instruments of poverty alleviation, where export-led growth has resulted in increased household incomes and employment opportunities signifying a positive trade poverty-nexus in development process.

This discussion aimed at highlighting the Programme’s efforts and the impact it has made to the trade in Pakistan, while discussing it’s sustainability for the future. Arguably, it has been demonstrated that there is a link between trade and poverty reduction, direct or otherwise.

Renowned panellists participated in this discussion from academia, public and private sectors, in addition to senior government officials and the deputy ambassador to EU Delegation to Pakistan.

The discussion concluded on a positive note commending the achievements and initiatives consolidated under the TRTA Programme and the impact it has created in the sustainable growth and development of industries.

The event was attended by 200 guests from all sectors of trade.

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