Commercial Attachés are Performing Poorly Abroad: Senate Body

The Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile has expressed its concern over the unsatisfactory performance of commercial attachés abroad. The committee also sent a report to the government in this regard.

The meeting of the committee was held with Senator Shabli Faraz in the chair in parliament house which was attended by Senators Salim Mandiwala, Usman Kakar, Mufti Abdul Sattar, Secretary Ministry of Commerce and high officials.

Addressing the participants, Chairman of the committee has urged Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Ministry of Commerce and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to evolve a joint strategy to remove the differences of trade figures.

“We should adopt policies which would be beneficial in the future”, he added, saying that the commercial attachés should play their role for the promotion of trade, while qualified and experienced officers should be deputed at the embassies.

Senator Salim Mandiwala said that the accused parties which were allegedly involved in the Model Town incident were deputed at Geneva.

Secretary Commerce Younas Dhaga told committee that procedure should be evolved to achieve accurate figure regarding imports and exports.

The Chairman Committee said that the figure should be accurate and a task force should be organized for future planning.

IPO’s officials told the committee that the Intellectual Rights organization has conducted some 105 activities, adding that around 600,000 old pages were preserved since 1947 to date while e-filing and e-payment would be launched in December.

Chairman of the Senate committee said that the subject of e-commerce should be made compulsory in universities and colleges.

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