ISLAMABAD (PR): This is with reference to the news item ‘Government set to appoint non-professional for lobbying at WTO’. Several pieces of information in this news item are factually incorrect. It is said in the news item that ‘no official belonged to Trade and Commerce Ministry out of total eight officers chosen so far in the first phase of selection process.’ Facts are contrary. Seven out of eight persons alleged to have been ‘chosen’ have either served for long periods in the Ministry. This allegation is also untrue, as a sizeable number of Commerce and Trade officers have received training in WTO laws and continue to do so on a regular basis.

Selection of representative to WTO will be based on a balance of relevant academic qualifications, experience of serving in Ministry and abroad, knowledge of international trade law and multilateral organizations, and familiarity with contours of Pakistan’s international trade and domestic economic conditions.