National Stakeholder Meeting on Non-Tariff Measures

17 July 2019, Islamabad, Pakistan


Wednesday 17 July 2019 

 08:30 Registration 

09:00 Opening Remarks
- Muhammad Ashraf, DG Trade Policy, Ministry of Commerce
- Gonzalo Varela, Senior Economist, World Bank
- Mondher Mimouni, Chief - Trade and Market Intelligence, ITC

09.15 Overview on ITC Project on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and implementation of survey in Pakistan
- Mondher Mimouni, Chief, ITC

09.30 Results of the survey: companies’ perception on NTMs
- Samidh Shrestha, Analyst, ITC

11.00 Tea & Coffee Break

11.15 Thematic Round Tables
- Round table 1: Technical requirements, standards and conformity assessment. 
- Round table 2: Rules of origin, customs procedures and other border clearance issues

12.30 Concluding Remarks

13.00 Lunch


Under the Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program (PTIPP), the World Bank Group is working on 4 major pillars of the Trade and Investment Climate in Pakistan, a) Trade Strategy, b) Institutional Strengthening, c) Trade Facilitation, and d) Heritage Tourism.

As part of this work, the International Trade Centre (ITC) has implemented a large-scale business survey of exporter and importers in Pakistan to identify the key regulatory and procedural obstacles they face. This project will contribute to the PTIPP in order to support Pakistan’s efforts to increase regional trade and investment, with a particular focus on strengthening links to other South Asian markets.

The survey will help identify:

  • The most challenging non-tariff measures by sector, company size and partner country
  • Existing national procedures and facilities which need to be strengthened in order to better support the business sector in export and import operations
  •  Feasible actions to overcome existing trade obstacles and reduce trade cost


ITC and the World Bank is jointly organizing a national stakeholder meeting in Pakistan in order to present the results of the survey in question and to establish a roadmap with priority actions to overcome the identified obstacles.


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