ISLAMABAD: Speakers at Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Wednesday recommended for exploration of dairy, horticulture, fisheries and light engineering sectors to expedite the export-led value chain development for employments and growth in the country.
The two-day consultative forum organised by the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoIP) with assistance of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to compile recommendations on ‘Export-led development of employment and growth’. The forum was conducted under auspices of European Union funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA-II) Programme, implemented by UNIDO in association with ITC and WIPO.
Industries and Production Secretary Muhammad Arif Azim inaugurated the dialogue and said it was important to discuss the gaps and issues faced within these sectors so necessary steps can be taken to overcome them to take Pakistan’s trade further at a global level.
He thanked all partners and stakeholders for their invaluable efforts, especially EU, UNIDO and SMEDA for supporting such initiatives. European Union Delegation to Pakistan representative Johan Sorensen and UNIDO representative to Pakistan Esam Alqararah also participated in the inaugural ceremony.
Sorensen appreciated all the partners’ efforts and highlighted the impact it would have if the issues were effectively resolved on overall economy of the country. Alqararah shared UNIDO’s vision on export-led development and the efforts UNIDO was making to promote employment and growth in Pakistan. Steffen Kaeser from UNIDO also participated in the forum discussions.
The main focus of the forum was to highlight key achievements made by the TRTA programmes since 2004 and as it approaches closure in May 2016, what areas related to employment generation and pro-poor and rural development may be addressed as next steps to build on TRTA successes. These interventions would be in line with the government’s Vision 2025 agenda.
This forum was attended by more than 25 participants from public and private sectors, including the representatives from Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Port and Shipping, Economic Affairs Division, Planning Commission, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP), Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) and ‘Aik Hunar Aik Nagar’ (AHAN).
Source: Daily Times