Islamabad, October 10, 2012 (PPI-OT): Understanding the policy implications of non-tariff measures is crucial for policy makers and researchers to defend the trade interests of Pakistan; said Mr. Tahir Maqsood Director General PITAD while addressing the inaugural session of the two days training course on “Economics and Policy of Non-Tariff Measures” organized at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) under the European Union funded TRTA II programme.
The Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme is funded by the European Union and aims at enhancing export competitiveness of Pakistan. The programme has three main components where Component 1 is about trade policy capacity building and is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
The training has been organized under the ITC implemented Component of TRTA II programme which seeks to build the capacity of government officials working in various ministries and departments on trade policy and negotiations besides other interventions. Accordingly a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was facilitated between PITAD and the World Trade Institute (WTI) for institutional capacity building of local training and research institutes and training of a number of master trainers. In turn, these master trainers are called upon to further disseminate their knowledge gained to policy makers working in various ministries through short trainings. Through the approach the programme wishes to ensure both sustainability (through building local capacity) and excellence in trade policy training to government officials.
The training course is jointly conducted by ITC and PITAD with technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI). The training is delivered by master trainer from PITAD Mr. Muhammad Shafiq Haider and is supported by his mentor Dr. Oliver Cadot from WTI through video conference.
The purpose of the training course is to build the capacity of the officers working in various ministries and government departments regarding the economics and policy of non-tariff measures. The training will focus on the difference between NTMs and NTBs and how the NTMs become barriers to trade. It will also focus on the government motives for using the NTMs.
The welfare effects of NTMs will be particularly analyzed during the training. The training will take an in-depth look at non-tariff measures (NTMs) which appear in many guises and serve many purposes. Such issues are the core topic of the modern trade experts and negotiators.
Thirty government officers and researchers from federal government ministries, implementing agencies, provincial departments and research organizations have been invited to participate in the training to strengthen their capacity regarding NTMs. The training will equip the participants with a sound understanding of the issues and how to contribute to government policies in their professional endeavours.
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