ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), President Mian Shaukat Masud on Tuesday said that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) should provide maximum support and facilitation services to business community in their efforts for enhancing exports.
Exchanging views with TDAP team led by Umer Hameed, Director who came to ICCI for giving a presentation to business community, he said that Trade Attaches and Trade Missions in foreign countries are not equipped with proper information and material about Pakistani exportable products. He stressed that TDAP should develop brochures and information material and provide it to our Foreign Missions abroad for better marketing of Pakistani products.
He said Trade Missions should help businessmen in identification of new avenues of promoting exports. He said businessmen should also be appointed as Trade Attaches in foreign countries as being business professionals, they will better enhance exports.
He said state-of-the-art testing laboratories having accreditation of international bodies should be established in the country for meeting international level quality standards and certifications as many products could not be exported due to non-availability of such laboratories and certifications.
He said TDAP should help ICCI in holding exhibitions in foreign countries so that exports could be increased by providing first hand knowledge and experience to buyers. He said TDAP should share export related literature with ICCI which will help business community in finding out new markets for exports.
On this occasion, Umer Hameed, Director TDAP gave a detailed presentation on functions and activities of TDAP. Dilating upon TDAP export strategy, he said this strategy was focused on enhancing shares of core products in major markets, value addition, products diversification, geographic diversification, encouraging women entrepreneurship, leveraging international trade blocks/agreements for enhanced market access.
He stressed upon businessmen to try to diversify exports with non-conventional products by focusing on new areas like Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asian countries instead of depending on USA, Europe and western countries.
He said TDAP will try to provide seedless citrus on subsidized rates to growers for growing more seedless citrus and organic food. He said TDAP was in negotiation with other countries for reducing duty on export of Pakistani fruit products while Malaysia has reduced its duty to 10% on export of Pakistani Kinoos.
He asked businessmen to provide useful suggestions for new Trade Policy. He said dialogue with Pakistan Railways and Customs authorities was in progress for efficient transportation and handling of goods. He said TDAP plans to make Islamabad an attractive export destination.-SANA