ISLAMABAD: A six member World Bank Institute-Poverty Reduction mission, visited Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan (FTIP), Islamabad from June 18 to June 26, 2008 in the context of the World Bank financed Pakistan Public Sector Capacity Building Project. The objective of the mission was to help the Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan (FTIP), assess sits capacity building needs and prepare a medium term Capacity Building strategy and implementation plan including Training, Research Capacity building, and Outreach/Policy Dissemination/Knowledge management, in line with the World Bank financed Pakistan Public Sector Capacity Building Project and the Government of Pakistan’s trade policies.
The mission had several meetings with the FTIP, which is the intended Technical Agency of Ministry of Commerce for capacity building, policy research, and training needs in trade related issues. The mission appreciated the fact that FTIP is being restructured in order to revamp the institution’s training program, build its research capacity, and expand its outreach/policy dissemination/knowledge management strategy.
Director General FTIP, Dr. Safdar A. Sohail presented the mission with a comprehensive analysis of existing constraints and proposed plan to revamp it’s training and research capabilities. The mission also met with various stakeholders from the Ministry of Commerce to representatives of the Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), who confirmed existence of real demand of services (training, research, and outreach) that could be met by a revamped and revitalized FTIP.
Based on the discussion it was agreed that urgent training, research, and outreach activities will be implemented through short term plan of Action whereas a medium term program of actions (Phase II) would be implemented in the medium term (about 3 years) within or out of the PSCB. It is hoped that collaboration between WBI and FTIP will enhance the development and delivery of collaborative trade, research and training programme at the national as well as regional level. The World Bank Mission comprised of Salomon Samen (Mission Leader), Ravi Yatawara (WBIPR); Shabana Khawar, Anjum Ahmad, Shamsuddin Ahmed, and Imtiaz Ahmad Sheikh (SASFP, Islamabad).-SANA