Islamabad, September 13, 2015 (PPI-OT): “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent comprehensive meeting with exporters’ organizations signals a paradigm shift in government’s export approach that will give a massive boost to Pakistan’s exports. New policy directions and granular knowledge were generated in this consultation, which will form the basis of an export promotion package to be announced soon by the Prime Minister, as well as inform the Strategic Trade Policy Framework 2015-18 due to be announced shortly by the Ministry of Commerce.”
This was stated by Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan in a brief to the media in the aftermath of the government’s unprecedented two-day conclave with the country’s major exporters’ organizations and SME sectors. The Minister said that the paradigm shift in policy was evident in two significant ways. First, it demonstrated PM Nawaz Sharif’s new “whole-of-government” approach in enhancing Pak exports. Second, Commerce Ministry formally acknowledged export potential of new; non-traditional sectors as well as existing SME exporters.
‘Whole-of-government’ approach was implemented on 10 September’s 8-hour conclave, hosted by Ministry of Commerce in consultation with FPCCI; and Friday’s 5-hour interaction hosted by the Prime Minister. In these meetings, for the first time all relevant ministers, officials and Secretaries were present to redress exporters’ grievances.
Ministers for Commerce, Water and Power, Petroleum and Natural Resources, and Planning; as well Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue, Chairman FBR, CE TDAP, Secretaries of above departments as well as of Industries and Textiles, and representatives of relevant departments such as State Bank were present. In addition to the above, 11 September interaction was augmented by the Ministers for Finance; National Food Security; and Information and their Secretaries, and presided by the Prime Minister.
Second significant shift was formal recognition of export potential of new sectors and existing SME exporters: Pharmaceutical, Food and Vegetable, Halal, Poultry, Cutlery, Surgical, Auto Parts, Carpets, Fans, Gems and Jewellery and Minerals. Representatives of their organizations for the first time were accorded a seat at the policy table. “The two-day consultation was unparalleled in providing relevant Ministers and officials and the Prime Minister with a comprehensive overview of export potential, issues and roadblocks from the actual exporters and will lead to a quantum jump in Pakistan’s exports,” Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan said.
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