Karachi: Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) will continue to provide enabling environment for the exporter community to further boost exports. Mr. Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive TDAP and Mr. Zafar Mahmood, Federal Secretary Commerce held stakeholders’ consultative meetings with prominent exporters and representatives of various trade bodies relating to Textile and Clothing; Agro Food; Leather; Mines and Minerals; Gems and Jewellery, Information Technology, Services sector etc. in TDAP today to firm up the strategy for setting the targets for FY 2011-12 for removal of bottlenecks.
Mr. Tariq Puri, Chief Executive TDAP stressed on the business community that they should focus more on regional markets especially in China, Japan, Viet Nam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Mr. Zafar Mahmood, Secretary Commerce sensitized them that our exporters could leverage from trade with India. He also informed that Ministry of Commerce is taking steps for seeking approval of 72 items to be exported to EU and getting GSP Plus status for Pakistan.
Exporters were advised that they should give more focus on value addition of their products for fetching good export prices of their products. Ministry of Commerce and TDAP, through the Trade Officers, will market their value-added products.
Secretary Commerce and CE TDAP assured that effective inter-ministerial coordination will be ensured to resolve issues hampering the exports; especially with Federal Board of Revenue. Secretary Commerce and CE TDAP will also hold meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh for resolving the matters affecting export of Fisheries sector.
Special focus shall be given to non-traditional sectors like Marble and Granite; Petroleum and its products; Gems and Jewellery and Services sector, especially the Information and Technology and Engineering Consulting services. Chief Executive TDAP informed that TDAP is fast-tracking the Dazzle Park at Karachi near the airport for boosting the export of Gems and Jewellery sector.
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Trade Development Authority of Pakistan
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