October 04, 2014
ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan on Friday directed Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to submit quarterly report on the funds released for the projects in order to bring efficiency and transparency in the EDF funded projects.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Export Development Fund. The meeting took decisions on several issues pertaining to export promotion. The Minister also said that an effective mechanism will be devised to spend the amount collected under the Export Development Cess for maximum export enhancement. The Board appreciated the timely intervention of the Ministry of Commerce at the start of this mango export season to formulate a strategy for pest-free export of mangoes to European Union by enforcing mandatory hot-water treatment which resulted in enhancement of Pakistan exports to EU. It was informed that last year 237 consignments from Pakistan were rejected by EU due to infestation with fruit-fly but this year only 2 infested consignments were found. EU also acknowledged the great work done by the Government of Pakistan within a very limited time to make arrangements to export pest-free mangoes to the EU. Last year Pakistan exported 82000 MT of mangoes but this year despite EU strict watch on the quality of mangoes, exports rose to 90500 MT which were sold at a higher rate than the previous year.
It was decided that the Pakistan Horticulture Development Company (PHDEC) will be restructured and made vibrant to promote Pakistan agricultural products which has a great potential in the export market as new opportunities have emerged in Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. The Board directed to bring forth proposals to devise mechanism to make PHDEC a self-sustained organisation.
The Minister for Commerce directed TDAP to bring a viable proposal to make the vapour heat treatment (VHT) plant imported by the TDAP operational well before the start of the next export season of mango. This facility will be available to the exporters at a very reasonable rate.