World Trade Organization stands for freer and predictable trade between countries. It aims to abolish trade distorting practices between countries such as quotas and subsidies in a phased manner. It does not however, aim at zero tariffs. WTO has GATT, GATS and TRIPs as the main agreements. Agreement on Agriculture and Agreement on Textile and Clothing come under GATT. Pakistan has been the founding member of GATT 1948 as well as WTO. This website attempts to analyze the impact of WTO on the important sectors in Pakistan i.e. Industry, Textile, Agriculture and Services.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Cell was established in the Planning & Development (P&D) Department with the Administrative Approval of Chief Minister through a Development scheme approved in Departmental Development Sub Committee (DDSC) meeting held on 22.03.2003. The WTO Cell was transferred from development budget to non-development budget with the approval of Project Evaluation Committee in the DDSC meeting held on 24.10.2008, in Planning & Development Department and since then the budget of WTO CELL is being allocated through S.N.E. The WTO Cell was transferred from P&D Department to Commerce & Investment Department with the approval of the Chief Minister on 01.07.2009. Subsequently the Commerce & Investment (C&I) Department was merged in Industries, Commerce & Investment Department (I.C&I) w.e.f 01.02-2011.
Geographical Indications (G.Is)
Registration of Geographical Indications to facilitate the stakeholders in protecting their Intellectual Property Rights was launched by former Commerce & Investment Department, Government of the Punjab in 2007. This is one of the many endeavors which the Government of Punjab has put together for improvement of marketing opportunities of private sector. Province of Punjab is proud of its heritage and the Government has never hesitated in working with the private sector to enhance economic activities and safeguarding its interests. The government is committed to provide an enabling environment to stakeholders in view of the emerging developments under the WTO regime. Focus of the project is to protect, preserve, safeguard and promote the heritage of Punjab. Its main objectives are such as to identify GIs of Punjab, to create awareness among the stakeholders through seminars, to form and register the associations of the stakeholders for the protection of their respective product/commodity under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984, to file applications for registration of identified GIs as Collective / Certification Marks with the Trade Marks Registrar (TMR), Government of Pakistan, Karachi / Lahore & provide guidance for production, marketing, development and protection of the GIs of Punjab.
|Address||WTO CELL, IC&I Department, Lahore|