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1 TRTA – Component 1 Achievements & Results Presentation by Ms. Lilia Naas Mr. Arif Khan

2 TRTA Component 1 Objective: Raising Awareness among Pakistans Public and Private Sectors on Multilateral Trading System and Building necessary capacities to benefit fully from its participation in the WTO Agreements

3 Creating a critical mass of personnel knowledgeable about WTO agreements and trade related issues Participatory approach with the involvement of private sector, public sector and civil society Organisation of information dissemination and training events within a general framework with adjustments made to reach more effectively the final objective Sectoral studies assessing implications of the WTO Agreements Implementation approach

4 Achievements Activities conducted in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Training & exposure on MTS of more than 1200 Public & Private sector individuals through lectures, seminars and conferences. 50 events organised More than 40 reports produced and disseminated

5 Programme structure Training on WTO negotiations Awareness & knowledge on the WTO Building public-private sector dialogue

6 Awareness & Knowledge of the WTO Organisation of seminars on WTO Agreements Establishment of WTO Reference Centres Potential of Services Exports in the context of GATS 5 sectoral studies and WTO implications Advisory services to TDAP & establishment of WTO Cell Building capacity of Trade Associations and CCIs

7 Organisation of seminars on the WTO 7 events organised in Islamabad, Karachi & Lahore Participation from the public and private sectors and civil society Publication and dissemination of several reports on each subject area Results: –Deepening understanding of commercial and economic implications of the Multilateral Trading System for Pakistan –Fostering dialogue between the business community and the government

8 Establishment of Reference Centres Three Reference Centres established: LCCI (Lahore), TDAP (Karachi), MoC (islamabad) Staff of Reference Centres and WTO Cells trained on Market Analysis Tools and information management Results achieved: –Local capacity built to research, analyse and disseminate WTO related information and market information –Technical/reference guides on operating Reference Centres published and disseminated

9 Exploring Services export potential Services exports in the context of GATS –Services Capacity Report –National Services Workshop –Services Export Roadmap –Services Statistics Report Results achieved: –Comprehensive evaluation of Pakistan export potential –Roadmap (with clear indication on future initiatives to be undertaken) to enable the sector realise its full potential

10 5 priority export sectors and WTO implications Automotive parts, footwear, furniture, pharmaceuticals, and sports goods SWOT analysis, export potential, impact of WTO Agreements, and ways to improve export performance Proposals for future intervention to strengthen export capacity Results achieved: –Building private sector awareness of WTO implications –Providing a strategic vision for Paksitan to benefit from the WTO agreements and opening of markets.

11 Advisory services, training & support to TDAP Advisory services on restructuring EPB in TDAP Establishement of WTO Cell Training staff of WTO Cell and developing promotional material Results: –WTO Cell has become operational –Achievements will become visible after programme ends

12 Capacity building in trade associations Services brochures: published in English and Urdu Adapted version of International Trade Rules: an Answer Book on the WTO Agreements for SMEs Adapted version of Trade in Services: an Answer Book for SMEs Adapted version of How to Approach Banks: A guide for Pakistani entrepreneurs

13 Training of Government Agencies on WTO Negotiations Training in Geneva on WTO issues/negotiations (AoA, GATS, TF, NAMA, etc) Training in Brussels (Trade remedy issues) Results: –Hands on experience in interacting with Geneva negotiators and institutions –Participation in negotiation sessions –Understanding on how to provide better support to the work of the WTO Permanent Mission in Geneva

14 Dialogue Strengthened between Government and Business on WTO Public-private consultation mechanism –International comparative study –National study –Roundtable meetings Results: –Dialogue initiated –Continuation of consultations is critical to build on what was achieved so far

15 Programme Features: complexity One main donor: EC delegation in Pakistan Three implementing agencies: ITC, UNIDO and WIPO –ITC having overall coordination responsibility Various local partner organisations within the public sector, the private sector and civil society

16 Programme Features: Challenges TRTA pilot project: institutionalizing new collaboration mechanisms Ownership – Ministry of Commerce ownership strong needs to be reinforced with other relevant ministries (agriculture, industry, etc) More synergies among implementing agencies and with other EU interventions in the country

17 Programme Features: Challenges Sustainability of capacity built and awareness raising cannot yet be guaranteed Impact can only be seen in the medium to long term, incremental changes can be observed at this point in time Consolidation and further strengthening of capacity built on trade related issues should be ensured with more activities undertaken Important not to lose momentum when project ends in September 2007

18 Thank you for your attention For more information contact: Ms. Lilia Naas Senior Trade Promotion Office International Trade Center


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