Trade Development Authority of Pakistan – TDAP (formerly EBP)

Set up in 1963, as an attached department of the Ministry of Commerce, the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) facilitated exporters across the country, helping them overcome challenges by leveraging opportunities on the supply and demand side. It funded initiatives, and assisted in establishing common facilities with stakeholders. For 43 years, the erstwhile organization was the primary agency of the Government of Pakistan that played a vital role in promoting Pakistan’s goods and services internationally.

Over the 43 year period EPB played a critical role in helping exporters to participate in 30 to 80 exhibitions abroad each year. Regularly sent and received between 20 and 40 business delegations each year to and from export destinations to explore new markets and enhance market share through sustainable growth and diversification. Over the years EPB has supported the development of equal number of trade policies, implementing the consequential initiatives it was assigned. Its role in Textile Quota management is especially significant. It has issued millions of GSP Certificates and management of gold and jewelry export regulations. More than 20,000 exporters have been facilitated and part-funded to exhibit and grow their exports; over 2,000 delegates have been sent or hosted in Pakistan.

TDAP is a body corporate established on 8 November, 2006, under a Presidential Ordinance. The Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament as an Act for approval. The TDAP is the successor organization to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and is mandated to become a dedicated, effective and empowered organization that is professionally managed. TDAP, as part of its trade ‘development’ mandate, as opposed to ‘export promotion’ only, will be dedicated to the ‘holistic’ development and promotion of goods and services for exports globally. TDAP in this enhanced responsibility and role will create direct linkages with stakeholders, local and abroad, aiming for a ‘Quantum Leap’ in exports. The administrative ministry of the TDAP will be the Ministry of Commerce.

Keeping in view the importance and impacts of CND in other countries of the World, TDAP become the one of the major partners of this programme in Pakistan in mid 2001.

In 2003 the Government of Pakistan announced its decision to adopt SME cluster development as a principal element of its trade policy, and in the following months the EPB declared its willingness to provide substantial sums to use UNIDO’s services for the development of export-oriented SME clusters throughout Pakistan.  Subsequent discussions with senior officials of the EPB have led to the formulation of the following phased approach for EPB’s support to the UNIDO cluster development programme in Pakistan:

  • The EPB will contribute US$ 211,000 in cash towards the implementation of the follow-up sub-projects in the five pilot clusters covered by the ongoing project US/PAK/01/099 as identified by the action plans drawn up for those clusters, and towards the establishment of a national training programme for CDAs to expand the cluster development programme beyond the existing five pilot clusters.  These funds have already been authorized by the EPB and their transfer to UNIDO is awaiting the approval of the present project document and related trust fund agreement.
  • The EPB will make a further contribution, in cash or in kind, the further modalities of which are to be decided, to finance the medium-term costs of maintaining the CDAs in, and recruiting one or more POs for, the existing five pilot clusters selected under project no. US/PAK/01/099, as well as any further clusters to which the programme may subsequently be expanded in partnership with the EPB.
  • Subject to the satisfactory implementation of this project, the EPB will consider a further contribution towards the expansion of the programme to several new clusters.

The total funding was divided in to three tranches out of which two tranches have been transferred to UNIDO and spent on joint activities defined in project document singed between the two agencies.

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"A cluster is a sectoral and geographical concentration of small/medium enterprises facing common opportunities and threats."
Definition of a cluster