TRADE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF PAKISTAN:
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), which was established on November 8, 2006, under a Presidential Ordinance, shall have Ministry of Commerce as its administrative ministry. TDAP is the successor organization to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and is mandated to have a holistic view of global trade development rather than only the ‘export promotion’ perspective of its predecessor. Designated as the premier trade organization of the country, TDAP shall be a dedicated, effective, and an empowered organization, which shall be professionally managed.
What activities does TDAP regularly undertake?
- Participates in 60 to 80 international trade exhibitions annually.
- Sends 20 to 40 trade delegations abroad every year.
- Organizes the EXPO PAKISTAN annually in Pakistan, which is well-attended by foreign buyers.
- Runs the Expo Centre, Karachi providing a permanent exhibition space for holding trade events.
- Implements various Trade Policy Initiatives announced by the Commerce Ministry.
- Undertakes various sector-development projects from the Export Development Fund.
STRUCTURE OF TDAP:
Owing to the industrial structure of Pakistan, factor endowment or what so ever reasons, traditionally the export of Pakistan have been dominated by textile, cotton, leather, food and raw materials, mainly produced by resource based and low-tech labor intensive industries.
Exports of Pakistan have been dominated generally by low tech and low value added products such as textile, leather, raw materials and food items in the past.
Export commodities are broadly classified in 5 main categories namely
- Agro and food
- Textile group
- Metals and Minerals
- Engineering manufacturing group
- Other sectors.
Food and Agro
Agriculture sector plays an important role in the economy of Pakistan, as it accounts for a significant percentage of the country's GDP (nearly 22%), and employs an even larger percentage of the country's workforce (nearly 45%). Despite such noticeable numbers, it is the considered opinion of experts that Pakistan still has a huge untapped potential for grabbing a significant share of world agro-food exports.
Textile and Clothing
Textile is the largest sector of Pakistani exports, and the single largest employer. To endeavor to move forward rapidly on the export front, it is inevitable that special attention be paid towards this sector. TDAP has tried to provide a focused approach in attaining this objective. Steady growth in worldwide demand in Textile & Clothing and rapid changes in the fashion industry have made it unavoidable to equip this sector with modern techniques and technology to make it nimble-footed enough to identify and respond to changing tastes worldwide. The Division keeps a strong liaison with the entire Textile related Associations on this platform.
Minerals and Metals
Pakistan has exceptional export potential of mineral & metals due to its significant natural resources. The country is well-endowed with a great number such minerals and metals which include: Petroleum Group, Marble, Onyx, Granite and other Dimensional Stones, Talc (Soap Stone), Rock Salt, Sea Salt, Gypsum, Coal, Gemstones, Noble Metals, Chromites, Copper Ore, Iron Ore, Lead-Zinc Ores etc.
Engineering and Other Manufacturing
Engineering & Other Manufacturing Division mainly looks after export promotion of Engineering goods including Electric Fans, Transport Equipments, Other Electrical Machinery, Machinery Specialized, Auto parts & Accessories, Surgical Instruments, Cutlery, Sports Goods. In addition, Pharmaceuticals, Other chemicals, Plastic & its products, Furniture & Cement are also covered under the scope of this Division. Thus, the spectrum of manufacturing units range from small to large scale industries spread across the country.
Other sectors includes health care, Information technology, Construction and Architecture, service division etc.
EXPORT FROM PAKISTAN SUMMARY OF MAJOR COMMODITIES
|VALUE IN US$ THOUSAND
||Agro & Food
||Metal & Minerals
||Engineering Manufacturing Goods