Committee recommended shifting the TDAP head office to Islamabad

Islamabad, January 30, 2018 (PPI-OT): Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile Industry was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Shibli Faraz among others Senators, Saleem Mandviwala, Rubina Khalid, Usman Khan Kakkar, Naseema Ehsan, Rahila Maghsi and Haji Saif ullah Bangash also participated in the meeting.

Committee was briefed on the pending recommendations of the committee of its tenure 2015-17 by the different departments of ministry of Commerce and Textile industries. DG. Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) told, that committee had given fourteen recommendations from which seven have been implemented and four are under process and further said that we are restructuring its HR and Research departments.

Committee showed its displeasure that TDAP has not called its Board meeting in past 3 years. The Committee was informed that the new board has so far not been constituted and meeting of the board would be called as soon as the new board is constituted in the near future. Directorate General of Trade Organization (DGTO) briefed the committee that amendment in the rules relating to membership of trade organizations would be included in its consolidated proposals for Trade Organizations Act, 2013 and rules.

The Committee appreciated the overall working of Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) and its shifting of its head office from Lahore to Islamabad. Committee emphasized on its marketing and public awareness programs and directed to make it more convenient for the general public.

Three recommendations were given to National Tariff Commission (NTC) and was told the committee that its working has increased as compare to last years. Chairman of the committee asked about the mechanism of pension of their retired employees. It was informed that there was no such mechanism so law division was consulted and necessary steps have been taken in this regard as the matter is subjudice.

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