Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) Programme

The European Union (EU) is funding a Cooperation Programme with the Government of Pakistan on Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) to provide support to Pakistan in building the necessary capacity to address trade related issues, thereby fostering its integration into world economy and contributing to poverty alleviation. The TRTA programme involves strengthening of metrology, standards, testing and quality (MSTQ) infrastructure, in Pakistan. This is one of the three main components of TRIA implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). As part of these activities, UNIDO is upgrading various measurements and testing laboratories oriented to export industries for international accreditation to ISO 17025 by providing equipment and training as well as fielding experts to assess, upgrade and conduct accreditation of these laboratories.

The TRTA component 2 implemented by UNIDO was aimed at strengthening metrology, standardization, testing and quality (MSTQ) infrastructure in Pakistan through capacity development of MSTQ institutions and fostering the national conformity assessment and accreditation service providers to achieve international accreditation. The interventions of this TRTA component of the programme particularly focused on conduct of activities concerned with:

  • Baseline studies and analysis
  • Metrology and calibration
  • Standardization and certification
  • CE marking  
  • Accreditation of testing laboratories
  • Compliance in fisheries sector

Related Documents

Pakistan: Establishing Confidence in Competence
Download the overall interventions and achievements made within the framework of TRTA/UNIDO programme component as brochure (PDF 14 MB) more