TDAP - Promoting exports
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan ( TDAP), as part of its trade development mandate, as opposed to export promotion only, is dedicated to the holistic development and promotion of goods and services for exports. Under this enhanced responsibility and role, it creates direct linkages with stakeholders, at home and abroad, aiming for a quantum leap in exports. To achieve this, the Export Development Fund ( EDF) has approved a budget for a string of new export promotion measures.
One of the major objectives of EDF is to fund the development of training institutes in order to develop human resource. In this connection, Rs. 30 million has been approved for Pakistan Institute of Fashion Designing, while a grant of Rs. 5 million has been sanctioned for the revival of National Institute of Leather Technology ( NILT).
The board has also approved Rs. 31 million for a Readymade Garments Display Centre in Sialkot and similarly, a project of Sportswear Institute in Sialkot is under consideration. Further, the project of Garment Technology Centre in Karachi has been agreed upon with a funding of Rs. 10 million. The centre is being set up with Korean collaboration.
In particular, for the promotion of handicraft industry, Rs. 50 million has been allocated to Trade Development Authority of Pakistan to lead special projects on skill development and women empowerment in Southern Punjab. Funding of Rs. 7.33 was approved for financial support of Handicraft Association of Bahawalpur. Rs. 172 million has been approved for support to the Mango Treatment Project.
EDF has also supported TDAP with the establishment of an R& D Centre for the Bedwear Association with an allocation of Rs. 7.5 million.
A scheme to promote sale of Pakistani products abroad has been launched to help interested exporters. Under this scheme, space in high traffic shopping malls is being arranged as per the requirement of exporters for display/ sale.
TDAP, in particular, performs multiple functions as part of export promotion measures. The marketing sector involves Market research, local and international exhibitions, overseas publicity to create brand awareness, participation in trade related events and facilitation through commercial counsellors abroad.
The facilitation aspect includes an Export Facilitation Committee which resolves all export related problems, offers face-to-face counselling, standardizes procedures, establishes buyer-seller contacts and disseminates information through online and electronic channels.
TDAP also regulates all export promotion measures by assisting the government in formulation of export policies and setting of export targets. It also monitors implementation of export strategies along with issuance of GSP certificates. It is through TDAP’s recommendations that export oriented industries are established to strengthen the trade prospects for Pakistan. ISO-9000 and 14000 helping industries to adopt the required standards. It is the central body which coordinates through the Ministry of Commerce, with the federal and provincial governments and related organizations for a concerted supply chain initiative, provides visa assistance to outgoing or incoming businessmen whether Pakistani or foreign. It also works in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign missions in Pakistan to encourage, establish and manage export development centres, business support units, display centres and facilities and exporters training institutes