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TDAP asked to empower its board

Islamabad June 27 (Online): The Senate Standing Committee on Commerce in its meeting has asked Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to empower its board and give the members of the board financial as well as administrative authority.

It observed that in its present state the board is dysfunctional and is not doing what it is supposed to function. The meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Senator Shibli Faraz here at the Parliament House on Monday.

Senator Saleem Mandviwala pointed out that TDAP should have market-based rules so that it can in reality do something to enhance country’s exports. He said that TDAP is not going anywhere except image building. Senator Shibli Faraz said that as far as enhancing the exports is concerned, there’s nothing.

Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir also said that it would be a high favour to TDAP if the committee can suggest recommendations to make the institution independent. The committee asked Chief Executive Officer of TDAP to send a research paper of recommendations so that the committee can work on it.

In TDAP’s briefing to the standing committee meeting, it was pointed out that the body is under resourced both financially and humanly. The committee was told that the there are certain constraints due to which these posts remain unfilled, major reason being the head office in Karachi. Secretary Commerce said that we would have to look for ways to give incentives to people to attract people to d this kind of tough job. Senator Shibli Faraz said that it is not just about filling vacancies but having the right people for the jobs.

TDAP gave a very detailed briefing about the working of the body and the recent exhibitions undertaken within the country and across the world in different regions. The committee was told that Russian commerce minister is coming in October this year and commerce ministry is looking forward to enhanced trade with Russia.