Training course for Policy makers starts under Trade Related Technical Assistance II programme

Islamabad: A three days training course on trade policy formulation and competitiveness analysis started at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) under the Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme.

The TRTA II programme is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented jointly by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The training course is jointly organized by ITC and PITAD with technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI). Resource persons from WTI, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi and PITAD are conducting the training course.

Policy makers and researchers from various federal government ministries and departments are participating in the training course. The training is aimed to strengthen the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants regarding trade policy design and its competitiveness analysis.

It is hoped that after participating in the training they will be better placed to design and implement trade policies which will cater for the needs of all the stakeholders.

At the start of the programme a training needs assessment survey of the various government organizations was conducted where training on trade policy formulation was found in highest demand. A Memorandum of Understanding was facilitated by ITC between WTI and PITAD for twining arrangement to build training and research related capacities of the local training institutes.

The programme seeks to build the capacity of local trainers and institutions (in particular PITAD) to deliver trainings on trade policy issues. For this purpose, during this year, “Master Trainers” from PITAD, IBA, LUMS and TDAP were selected to partake in training and individual mentoring from the World Trade Institute on trade policy issues.

In turn, these trainers will be called upon to further disseminate their knowledge gained to policy makers working in various ministries through trainings including PITAD’s regular curriculum. Through the approach – which is focused upon building institutional capacity and benefiting from the assistance of internationally renowned experts in the field of trade policy – the programme wishes to ensure both sustainability (through building local capacity) and excellence in trade policy training to government officials.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
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