NA body suggests global connectivity for increasing exports

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Sub Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile, on Monday, proposed to increase global trade links and connectivity in order to increase country’s exports.

The meeting of the committee was convened by Member National Assembly (MNA) Sajida Begum in the parliament house which discussed and gave suggestions for the proper implementation of “Trade Organisation Act, 2013”.

Committee convener expressed her reservation on the working of chambers of commerce and stressed the need for regulating them to increase the country’s trade link with the international market.

She also proposed three terms for Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman and an amendment in the “Trade Organisation Act, 2013.

In the meeting, Sajida Begum received a report from authorities on the performance of 58 officers posted in foreign countries for promoting Pakistan’s trade.

She urged for the regulation of 14 women’s chambers and proper execution of “Trade Organisation Act, 2013“ to streamline the affairs of chambers all over the country.

MNA Tahira Aurangzaib stressed on promoting cottage industry and highlighted the issues of skilled women in rural areas.

Directorate General of Trade Organisation Director General Waqar Ahmed Shah also briefed the committee on organisational matters of chambers of commerce and trade associations in the country.

A senior official of Ministry of Commerce and Textile briefed the committee on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and negotiations with China, Thailand, Turkey and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Indonesia.

MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, Zeb Jaffar, Dr Fouzia Hameed and senior officials of Ministry of Commerce and Textile also attended the meeting.