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WTO Regime and implications for Pakistan. PILDAT Briefing Session for Parliamentarians Welcome Remarks & Introduction. Briefing Session on WTO. Welcome!. Very warm Welcome to Session Chairs, all Participants, Speakers & Guests. Please Check out Contents of the Dossier.

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pildat briefing session for parliamentarians welcome remarks introduction
WTO Regime and implications for Pakistan

PILDAT Briefing Session for Parliamentarians

Welcome Remarks & Introduction

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Briefing Session on WTO

Welcome!

  • Very warm Welcome to Session Chairs, all

Participants, Speakers & Guests.

  • Please Check out Contents of the Dossier.
  • Briefing Paper on WTO included in Dossier
  • Please complete Feedback Form & Data

Form and hand over to the Organizers.

  • Acknowledge Support of FES & SDPI
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Today’s Session

Briefing Session on WTO

  • Backdrop: 5th Ministerial Conference
  • Renewed recognition by IPU & WTO of the significance of Parliaments’ input. Do we?
  • Overview of WTO Regime:

- Introduction & History

- Implications for Pakistan

  • Preparing Pakistan for WTO
  • Role of Parliament in shaping Pakistan’s

position at WTO

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Briefing Session on WTO

Objectives

  • Enhance awareness about WTO Regime
  • Help parliamentarians understand implications of WTO for effective legislative debate & oversight
  • Promote thought process for the future e.g.

-A sub-committee on WTO Agreements?

-Parliament to ratify the agreements?

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Briefing Session on WTO

Why discussion on WTO is important ?

  • WTO Agreements will impact our Agriculture,

Industry, Exports and --- every one.

  • Extreme views about WTO: What is the truth?
  • Pakistan is signing important agreements

under WTO. Parliament’s Oversight helpful.

  • Should draft agreements be analyzed &

debated in Parliament before signing?

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Briefing Session on WTO

How can a parliamentarian contribute in shaping country position on WTO?

  • Knowledge of the background, process &

nature of WTO Agreements

  • Knowledge of the implications for Pakistan

Today’s Briefing is intended to provide this KNOWLEDGE !

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Briefing Session on WTO

Why PILDAT holds Briefing Sessions for the Parliament?

  • To see parliamentarians effective and

powerful (Knowledge is power)

  • To see Parliament taking all major policy

decisions (Supremacy of Parliament)

  • To see Democracy and Democratic

Institutions strengthened in Pakistan

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Briefing Session on WTO

Who Funds PILDAT?

  • Seed money by Overseas Pakistanis
  • Pilot project funded by UNDP
  • Seek and accept support from all sources without any covert or overt strings (Pure PILDAT Agenda)
  • So far events are supported by UNDP, FNS, FES, DFID, The World Bank, IRI etc.
  • WTO Briefing Session supported by FES & Overseas Pakistanis.
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Briefing Session on WTO

What is PILDAT?

  • Independent, Non-profit, Research & Study institute
  • Indigenous entity well-versed in local conditions
  • Strictly Non-partisan: Values trust of all parties
  • Dedicated to Parliamentary Strengthening
  • Mission: Strengthening Democracy & Democratic Institutions for a better Pakistan
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Some Recent Activities

Briefing Session on WTO

  • Workshop on the Budget Process
  • Workshop for MNAs on Devolution
  • State of Democracy Report
  • 3-part Election Study
  • Young Parliamentarians Forum
  • Parliamentary Internship Programme
  • Workshop for Balochistan MPAs on roles of

Federal, Provincial and Local governments

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Briefing Session on WTO

Near-future Activities

  • Orientation for Freshmen
  • Workshop for NWFP MPAs on roles and

limits of Federal, Provincial and Local Govts.

  • Briefing on Pak-India Relations
  • Workshop on Public Policy Analysis
  • Briefing on Issues of Water Resources
  • Workshop on effective committee system
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Briefing Session on WTO

PILDAT Research & Needs Assessment

  • 1.5 Year-long Consultation with

- Former & Current parliamentarians (238)

-Political parties

- National & International Political institutions

- Opinion leaders

- CSOs

  • Questionnaire, Legislators Data Forms
  • Needs Assessment Session, Dec. 2002
  • Scientific Sample Survey of New MNAs
  • Legislative Strengthening Conference
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Briefing Session on WTO

PILDAT parliamentary Strengthening Plan:

  • Centre for Legislative Development &

Leadership (CLDL)

-Research -Briefings -Orientation

-Capacity Building-Budget Analysis

-Policy Analysis -Etc.

  • Examples: BIPS (Bangladesh), BPST (India),

KPI (Thailand)

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Briefing Session on WTO

…….The Plan

  • Legislative Capacity Building Project

1.Plan & Establish the Centre

2.Sensitize Parliamentarians, CSOs, Voters

3.Strengthen Committee System

4.Capacity-building of Legislative Support Staff

5.Capacity-building of CSOs

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6.Overseas Pakistani Legislators Network

7.Institutional Networking (Regional, International)

8.Strengthen Parliamentary Parties

9.Capacity-building of Parliamentarians

- Issue-based Workshops

- Briefing Papers & Sessions

- Policy Analysis Sessions

- Multi-party Caucuses - Etc.

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…….The Plan

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