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  Commerce Ministry to vigorously meet export challenges: Engr. Khurram Dastagir
ISLAMABAD, June 15 (INP): Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan has said the Commerce Ministry will vigorously meet the export challenges for work program 2017-18 has been mapped out. He said that Pakistan-Iran bilateral trade has crossed one billion mark and performance of trade officers abroad will be strictly monitored. The Minister Commerce stated this during his meeting with senior officials of the ministry of commerce here on Thursday. Secretary Commerce, Mr. Younus Dagha briefed the minister on progress on various initiatives in the commerce ministry. Mr. Younus Dagha said that the Commerce Ministry is revising comprehensively the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) so that it facilitates the exporters and plays a more significant role in boosting the exports. Commerce Minister directed secretary commerce to complete work on STPF by the end of this year. Secretary Commerce briefed Commerce Minister that work on E-commerce framework and Law for geographical indication is on fast track and is most likely to be completed by the end of this year. “There is also need for revival of the TDAP to enable it to effectively cater to the needs of the exporters, to strictly monitor the performance of the Trade Officers working abroad, to work aggressively on concluding FTAs and revising PTAs and to explore new export markets”, added the secretary commerce. Commerce Minister was also told in the meeting that steps have been taken to boost trade and as a result bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran has crossed 1 billion dollars. Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastagir directed Secretary Commerce to launch Pakistan branding campaign, ensure inauguration of Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) building, completing work on STPF, E-commerce Framework, GI Law and FTAs especially with Thailand and Turkey by the end of this year. Commerce minister also directed to ensure reimbursement of the tax refunds and payments under PM package to the exporters to boost their confidence
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PM cuts short Britain visit to return home today
News Image   LONDON, June 25 (INP): The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday cut short his visit to Britain to return home today.  The PM expressed remorse over the loss of precious lives after an oil tanker caught fire and subsequently exploded in Bahawalpur's Ahmedpur East town on Sunday morning to claim 148 lives. More
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Priorities and nature of ties with India, Pakistan different: White House
News Image   WASHINGTON, June 25 (INP) Asserting that the US' ties with India and Pakistan were not a 'zero-sum game', the White House has said that the Trump administration's priorities and the nature of relationship with India and Pakistan were different.More
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