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Seminar on remedies to domestic industries under Trade Defence Laws September 29, 2013
Meeting at ICCI
The National Tariff Commission in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized a seminar on “Remedies available to Domestic Industries under Trade Defence Laws” to create awareness in businessmen about how they can protect their business interests against the unfair trade practices. A large number of industrialists, exporters and traders attended the event.
Mr. Abdul Khaliq, Director General, National Tariff Commission briefed the businessmen about the salient features of three trade remedy laws i.e. anti-dumping duties ordinance 2000, countervailing duties ordinance 2001 and  safeguard measures ordinance 2002. He said trade remedy laws do not provide an alternative to normal tariff, but are intended to be used only as a means of dealing with dumped or subsidized imports of a product, which are causing injury to domestic producers of like products.
Highlighting the role of his organization, he said NTC advises the federal government on tariff measures or other forms of assistance for providing a level playing field and improving the competitiveness of domestic industry. It also assists the exporters facing anti-dumping investigations or actions abroad and thus helps in promoting Pakistan’s exports.
He said since 1990, NTC has finalized more than 250 tariff protection cases/studies and forwarded recommendations to the Federal Government. He said the Commission continues to assist Pakistani exporters facing trade defence action by other WTO members. It also provides guidance on law and procedures, in understanding and responding to a questionnaire and in investigation and review proceedings. 
He said our efforts are aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s regional & global competitiveness and supporting Pakistani traders & manufactures through awareness and outreach. He said the Commission has already assisted many exporters facing investigations in EU, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, Turkey, India, Peru, Philippines etc. and would continue to serve the interests of exporters.
In his welcome address, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry stressed the need to develop expertise in trade remedies laws to benefit from the vast opportunities presented by multilateral trading system. 
He said that understanding and awareness of trade remedy laws is very important to protect the domestic industry against unfair trade practices. He said Pakistan should make progress towards knowledge-economy and to achieve this goal, there is a much more need to create more awareness about trade remedy laws in businessmen. 
He appreciated the initiative of National Tariff Commission for organizing the seminar and hoped that the event would go a long way in strengthening the competitiveness of industries and exporters. He said NTC should organize more such seminars throughout the country for the capacity building of Pakistan’s private sector.

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