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Digital Trade Integration Pakistan

Project Partner/Donor: UN-ESCAP

Project Duration: 5 months

Team members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Maaz Javed, Rabia Tabbasum, Asif Javed

Project Introduction: ESCAP with the help of ECA and ESCWA is working on a DA 11 project of “Measuring, monitoring and improving performance in regional integration within ECA, ESCWA and ESCAP regions” its main focus is to strengthen the capacity of selected developing countries to measure, monitor, and improve their performance in regional integration within Africa, Western Asia, and the Asia-Pacific regions. The implementation in the first phase of this project has highlighted that particular attention to integration into the digital economy is needed for the regional integration process to be successful in the 21st century. According to ESCAP’s DigiSRII, Pakistan’s performance is among the poorest with respect to digital economy integration because of which Pakistan is selected as one of the targeted countries to implement the second phase of this project.

In addition, because of COVID-19 pandemic countries has realize that regional coordination would be an important means to support national efforts in dealing with health crises. Therefore, country-specific policy recommendations would also need to be developed to ensure that the regional integration policy of Pakistan will support the country’s achievement of SDG 3 (Good health and well beings).

Project Objectives: The objective of this exercise is to prepare a national action plan and organize a national consultation workshop to assist Pakistan to achieve a successful and sustainable regional integration, with a particular emphasis on digital-trade integration.

Project Outcomes: In consultation with the Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division and Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, the SDPI is carrying out a national study on digital-trade integration of Pakistan by collecting, analyzing data, information required to support the preparation of a national action plan for a successful and sustainable regional integration of Pakistan and organizing a national consultation workshop.

Focus Group Discussion: High-level focus group discussion is arranged by SDPI in consultation with relevant stakeholders on Digital trade in Pakistan: challenges and opportunities.

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Asif Javed