Union of Small and Medium Enterprises advises Small and Medium Enterprise exporters to register with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan online

Karachi, March 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Mediium Enterprises (UNISAME) appreciated the online registration facilities offered by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and advised SME exporters of fruits, vegetables, foodstuffs, flowers, meat, poultry, fish, maize, rice, wheat flour to register themselves online with TDAP and also avail the facility of their news letter online to keep themselves abreast of trade information about global buying trends.

UNISAME president Zulfikar Thaver said we have urged the ministry of commerce (MOC) to accept the membership of the respective Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CC and I) as valid registration and sufficient and not insist on registration with trade associations as some do not exist and some are disfunctional and some are charging exorbitant fees without offering matching services in return.

The MOC needs to recognise membership of CC and I as valid and sufficient for the purpose of monitoring as outlined in the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2012-15 and not patronize and favour trade associations who are taking advantage of the mandatory clause and demanding exorbitant fees for membership unlike CC and I which has fixed only Rs 2100 from members which is affordable and the services offered by CC and I are much better.

He said the CC and I membership and certificates are recognized all over the world and it is ironic and irrational that our MOC does not consider it as sufficient and compelling exporters to seek registration with highly politicized trade associations who are simply bent upon socializing at members expense.

The membership must be made voluntary and those exporters consider their membership worthwhile may become members. Forcing exporters to register with trade associations is unfair and without rationale and unwise he reiterated.

For more information, Contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Phones: + 92 35884225 and 6
Cell: + 92 300 8245307 and + 92 321 8245307
Fax: + 92 35380642
Email: unisame@gmail.com

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