Islamabad: Ministry of Industries and its WTO Cell is committed to create awareness among the existing industry about the rapidly changing international trading and business rules. The WTO Cell of the Ministry of Industries, Islamabad, in collaboration with Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) held a seminar titled on “General Awareness about WTO and Major Issues Confronting Pakistan’s Industry Today and Footwear Industry of Pakistan With Respect to Non-Agriculture Market Access (NAMA)”.
The WTO Cell team was led by Chief WTO Officer Ms. Seema Raza Bokhari. Other members of the team were Mr. Akram Raza, NAMA Specialist and Mr. Abubakar Farooq, Economist. Mr. Javed Akhter Bhatti, President (RCCI), Mr. Irfan Manan Khan, Secretary General, other members of Management, industrial representatives and stakeholders from the footwear industry were also present on the occasion.
Officials from the concerned Government Departments including Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD), Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Planning Commission, Commerce and Investment Department of Punjab Government, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) also attended the seminar.
Ms. Seema Raza Bokhari briefed the participants about the purpose of conducting seminars on different industrial sectors of Pakistan in perspective of WTO. She presented an overall picture of WTO regime, its scope, Non-Agriculture Market Access (NAMA) negotiations, specific provisions for developing countries, Trade Remedy laws and its importance to the industry.
She also highlighted the major problems confronted by Pakistani industry presently. She emphasized on the significance of developing harmonized system of standards for the industry in compliance with the WTO regulations.
The participants were presented an overview of Footwear Industry of Pakistan and the implications of Non-Agriculture Market Access (NAMA) on it. They were briefed about trade patterns of Pakistani Footwear, major regional competitors, strengths and weaknesses of this sector. It was emphasized that Pakistan’s footwear industry has huge export potential to tap the global market of footwear of around US$100 billion.
The participants were apprised of the efforts of Ministry of Industries to facilitate the industry and get them prepared for the international competition and level playing field in the global trade regimes. They were told that issues of the Industrial Sectors had been duly addressed in the newly drafted Industrial Policy (2011) of Pakistan which is available on the Ministry of Industries’ website.
President RCCI thanked the Chief WTO and her team for informing the participants about the WTO regime, its implications for the local industry and for registering their concerns on trade related issues.
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