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In what capacity a fresh C&T officer is posted. And I saw a post on csspk.com that most of the C&T officers are posted in Pakistani Missions/Consulates abroad.

The following paragraph I found:-

Commerce & Trade Group


Consequent upon the introduction of Administrative Reforms of 1973 aiming to create Civil Services of specialized nature and responsibility, the Trade Service of Pakistan (TSP) was changed into Commerce & Trade Group to administer Export Promotion Bureau, Office of the Chief Controller of Imports & Exports, National Tariff Commission, Trade Marks Registry and Department of Insurance. The posts of Commercial Secretary/Counsellor in Pakistani missions abroad have been kept open to all services, due to the fact that the Office Memorandum under which the Commerce & Trade Group was created did not mention these posts.

Presently 50% posts in foreign missions are encadered in Commerce & Trade Group Departments like Tariff Commission, Office of the Chief Controller of Imports & Exports, Department of Insurance etc. are either working as autonomous bodies or declared as defunct organizations. Export Promotion Bureau has also been decided to be dismembered with the creation of autonomous body dealing with the marketing side. All this has squeezed the group into a smaller entity. As a result, there is no prospect for career planning for the young officers. The people at the helm of affairs may have to find new avenues for providing better career management through encaderment of 100% posts of Commercial Secretary/Counsellor in the foreign missions, encaderment of posts in different departments of the Ministries like Industries and Finance and in Provincial departments dealing with trade and commerce, and through promotional quota in Secretariat Group.
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How much is it valid today? Is that really no prospect for career as CSP in this cadre as mentioned above?

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Yes Officers of C& TG are appointed abroad for promotion of commerece and Trade and also to promote Foreign investment. But According the Reoprt of National Commission on Government Reforms(NCGR) headed by Dr Ishrat Hussain(former chairman State Bank of Pakistan) has porposed that in next few years The Four groups C&TG, Postal, Railways and Information should be axed. C&TG, Postal and Railways should be made autonomous whereas Information should be suspended till further order. So these four Groups are under the cloud Dear!.

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@ Zain.ul.Abidin

Yeahps, I've read that press release by NCGR. And thoroughly read all articles, presentations, missions and aims of NCGR & Ishrat Hussain.

By going all through this, it seems as if after abolishment of these 4 service cadres from the charts of induction via CSS. The CBR, FBR may be made as autonomous body as was the case with Export Promotion Bureue in the past....!!! So, ITG and C&E may also vanish from the cadres inducted via CSS.

So the only left will be the PSP, DMG, FSP and Audit & A/c in around a decade if this trend of reforms continued. And it'll be of no surprise that after that only the top 3 will remain via CSS but there will be specialized papers for each of the group after passing the compulsory.

As you may clearly see on the NCGR website that one of its main goal is to:-

"iv Replacement of the concept of Superior Services by equality among all cadres and non-cadres of public servants. "
http://www.ncgr.gov.pk/Civil_Service_Reforms.html

Hence in other words the halt to CSP's n Civil Service as a strong institution.......... And a couple of weeks back I saw an article by a retired CSP that these reforms in the long run will pave the way of induction in civil service of the political favourites rather than the gems and great minds coming via CSS !


However, I believe all this is not going to take effect in the coming two years or at least for 37th Commoner program !

It is said that the senior bureaucracy personel are the one's who make the decision & policy making but the current trend since 1999 shows that as if It seems that the senior CSPs are either not interested in the wellfare of the new aspirants coming into this institution or they are powerless and can do nothing but just are mere spectators of all that is going to happen and that what is happening with Civil Service as an Institution and its future.

All the best for the future of Civil Service & NCGR ,
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It's not about senior CSP's and their interest. It's all about military buraucracy Who in the history of Pakistan have introduced enormous reforms in Civil Service and have made a great effort to cap it. If they had introduced such reforms in Military acadamy there could have been democracy in Pakistan but any ways as for as CBR is concernced It can never be autonomous. Becuz it do'snt happen in contemporaray word in US, Europe, and even in India. Federal Government can never give up it's control of over revenue becuz without it Federation would be in jeapordy. as for as Customs and Excise is concerned it is a dying tax after introduction of Free Trade and WTO Customs group would be merged in Income Tax and a new tax group would be formed. Every Govt always keeps the right to Collect revenue. dispense it and Audit it. It is one of the Primery job of a Govt particularly in a Federation where some federating units are compensated more than their share. There may be a shift of jurisdiction between Federation and Provinces but may only happen in Sales Tax which is a provincial subject in India and other countries.......Regards
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Even then it implies that the senior CSPs don't posses the power even to decide the fate of their own institution & are not part of any policy making for the future of civil service; but yes the future of their institution & policy making rests with the NCGR & Ishrat Hussain (Not CSP Civil Service Officer). So, by the present trend of NCGR it seems that the CSPs are only the implementer or customer services officers (except the uniform cadre PSP & the cadre not in Pk i.e. FSP) in the future in times to come -as is given in the goals of NCGR on NCGR website- and not the policy makers. Today most secretaries are CSPs and heavily from DMG group however none of them have the influence on policy making for the future civil service aspirants & hence they are powerless in this regard ! And no one can predict if this trend continues then where will be the css cadre standing after a decade !

However, all these devolution & reforms are about to be done in future and at least for the 37th Common & perhaps upto 38th Common CTP program, it seems that the things will remain same ! And, perhaps, this may be the last batch for Commerce & Trade Group via CSS. Let's wait & see !

And, at present, even after devolution the best service one may dream to come in is definately top cadres of Civil Service via CSS. No doubt about that. And I'm also among one of those aspirants who are willing to be the part of this prestigious institution of central superior services, insha-Allah as 37th Commoner.

And I hope Insha-Allah, that the fresh CSPs joining civil service--- when they will reach at senior positions will try whatever they can to revive the civil service & make it as on of the strong institutions of Pakistan to serve our country even better.

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COMMERCE AND TRADE GROUP


Trade: The main aim is to buy and sell (on domestic or international markets) of goods and services

Commerce: The main aim is to supply commodities and services to a market.

On a general level... the words are used as Synonyms... But if we go into the detail of it... Commerce largely deals with ensuring commodities and services are available in the market... This is achieved by conducting trade... so in a way.. trade is a subset of commerce...


Historical Background

The Trade Service of Pakistan, created in 1967, was replaced by the Commerce & Trade Occupational Group in 1973, as a result of Administrative Reforms

It was a specialized cadre with the mandate to promote exports, manage imports and develop Pakistan’s international trade.

Its objectives included the development of a professionally competent and trained officers’ cadre which could manage trade on technically proficient lines.


MISSION STATEMENT OF Ministry Of Commerce

Contributing to the national economy through trade liberalization and facilitation, improving export competiveness and reducing cost of doing business.

Aim to achieve higher market access for Pakistani products in existing markets as well as new markets with ultimate aim of improving quality of life of the people of Pakistan


Ministry Of Commerce CHARTER

Under the Rules of Business 1973, Commerce Division is assigned the following functions:

Imports and exports across custom frontiers
Export promotion
Commercial intelligence and statistics
Tariff policy and its implementation
Anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties and safeguard laws
Inter-Provincial trade
Domestic Commerce
Organization and control of Chambers and trade associations
Law of Insurance and regulation and control of Insurance companies
Administrative Control of Attached Departments/Organizations
Selection of Trade Officers for posting in Pakistan’s Missions abroad



Cadre Strength






Training and Orientation

8 months specialized training for Grade 17 officers at the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, formerly, Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan, Islamabad

Core subjects:
  • International Trade Theory
  • Pakistan economy with special reference to exports
  • Global Trading System
  • Trade development in Pakistan: public policies and practices
  • Managing International business
  • Management studies
Extensive Field visits & Foreign training for two weeks in Malaysia


WINGS/FUNCTIONS

Work is Distributed amongst the following Wings:
  1. Administration
  2. World Trade Organization (WTO)
  3. Foreign Trade (I, II & III)
  4. Exports
  5. Imports
  6. International Trade Organizations
  7. Insurance
  8. Domestic Commerce

AFFILIATED DEPARTMENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

• Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
• Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP)
• National Tariff Commission (NTC)
• Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan (FTIP)
• Directorate General of Trade Organizations (DGTO)
Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB)
• State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLIC)
• Pakistan Re-Insurance Company Ltd (PRCL)
• National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL)
• Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design


TRADE MISSIONS

Ministry of Commerce has 40 Trade Missions abroad and 57 officers
One independent Mission headed by Ambassador and supported by four Trade Officers/Diplomats at Geneva (WTO Mission)
Europe has 11 Missions and 17 Officers
Asia has 14 Missions and 19 Trade Officers
America has 5 Missions and 10 officers
Middle East has 3 Missions and 5 officers
Africa has 5 Missions and 5 Offices
Australia has 1 Office, Consul General Sydney


PAKISTAN’S MISSIONS ABROAD
    • AFGHANISTAN (Kabul, Kandahar)
    • ARGENTINA (Buenos Aires)
    • AUSTRALIA (Sydney)
    • AZARBAIJAN (Baku)
    • BANGLADESH (Dhaka)
    • BELGIUM (Brussels)
    • BRAZIL (Sao Paulo)
    • CANADA (Montreal, Vancouver)
    • CHINA (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong,)
    • EGYPT (Cairo)
    • FRANCE (Paris)
    • GERMANY (Berlin, Frankfurt)
    • GREECE (Athens)
    • INDIA (New Delhi)
    • INDONESIA (Jakarta)
    • IRAN (Tehran)
    • ITALY (Rome)
    • JAPAN (Tokyo, Osaka)
    • KAZAKHSTAN (Almaty)
    • KENYA (Nairobi)
    • KUWAIT (Kuwait City)
    • LIBYA (Tripoli)
    • MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur )
    • MEXICO (Mexico City)
    • MOROCCO (Casablanca)
    • NETHERLANDS (The Hague)
    • NIGERIA (Lagos) *
    • POLAND (Warsaw)
    • RUSSIA (Moscow)
    • SAUDI ARABIA (Jeddah, Riyadh, Al-Khubar) *
    • SOUTH KOREA (Seoul)
    • SPAIN (Madrid)
    • SOUTH AFRICA (Johannesburg)
    • SWEDEN (Stockholm)
    • SWITZERLAND (Geneva)
    • THAILAND (Bangkok)
    • TURKEY (Istanbul)
    • U.A.E (Dubai , Abu Dhabi)
    • UNITED KINGDOM (London, Manchester)
    • USA (Washington, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston)
* Not yet operational


Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan since January 2009

PAKISTAN INSTITUTE OF TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

Established in 1989 as a Specialized Training Institute

Present Training Programs:-
  • Specialized Training for C&T entrants
  • Capacity Building Training for C&T officers
  • Foreign Service Training
  • Commercial Officers’ Training
New Role: Policy Think Tank of Government of Pakistan on International Trade:-
  • Provide research based policy advise to all the stakeholders in Pakistan’s international trade
  • Addition of Executive Development Division and Policy Research Division
  • Developing into Regional Center of Excellence on International Trade in terms of Training and Research

FUTURE OF THE SERVICE?

THE SERVICE WHICH WOULD HELP PAKISTAN GET A BETTER DEAL FROM TRADE RELATED GLOBALIZATION WOULD BE THE SERVICE OF THE FUTURE
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(3rd November 2008 - 30th June 2009)

17th Specialized Training Program (STP) for C &T Group




2008-9

Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan (FTIP)

2008-9





NATURE OF TRAINING

To impart specialized training to Commerce and Trade officers to enable them to effectively manage the trade policies of the government of Pakistan.


ORGANIZATION OF STP

Duration 8 Months
Working Weeks: 30.9
Working Days 197
Working Hours 1182 hrs
FTIP Activities 143 days = 858 hours
Outside Activities 54 days = 324 hours


DAILY SESSIONS

Mon, Tue, Wed , Thu, Fri. = 8.00 am to 4pm





COMPONENTS OF STP

FTIP Mix of Activities

Classroom Lectures
Tutorials
Panel discussions
Special lectures
Special Modules
Presentations
Case Studies/Simulation Exercises
Individual Research Papers
Group Research Paper
FTIP’s Pakistan Trade Report
Outside Activities

Study Tours/Field Visits
Attachments with Export Clusters
Foreign Training
Local visits



FTIP SCHEDULE TERMS

Total Training Time = 143 days, Weeks: 23.2, hours: 858

Terms Dates Days Weeks Hours
1st Term Monday 3rd Nov to Saturday 6th Dec 2008 30 5 180
Eid-ul Azha vacations Monday 8th to Saturday 13th December
2nd Term Monday 15th Dec. 2008 to Saturday 17th Jan. 2009 30 5 180
3rd Term Monday 9th Feb to Saturday 14th March 2009 30 5 180
Break Term break Monday 16th to Saturday 23rd March 2009 6
FTIP
4th Term
Thursday 9th April to Saturday 2nd May 2009 21 3 126
FTIP
Final Term
Monday 25 May to 30th June 2009 32 5.2 192






OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES – SCHEDULE TERMS

Total Days: 53, Weeks: 7.7, hours: 324

Terms Areas Dates Days
1st Term AJK Tour Monday 15th Dec. 2008 to Saturday 21st Dec 2008 6
2nd Term Punjab Tour Monday 26th Jan. to Wednesday 7th Feb. 2009
(Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Gujarat, Wazirabad, & Sialkot)
15
3rd Term Karachi / Baluchistan tour- Tuesday 24th Mar. to Saturday 8th April 2009 (Attachments) 14
4th Term Foreign Training- Monday 4th May to Wednesday 13th May 2009 12
5th Term Attachments with Export Clusters- Monday 18th May to Saturday 23rd May 2009 6







STP COURSE CONTENTS

CORE SUBJECTS

International Trade Theory
Pakistan’s Economy & Foreign Trade
Multilateral Trading Systems
Trade Development in Pakistan: Public Policy and Practice
Managing Export Marketing of Pakistan
Management
A. General Management

B. Knowledge Management Systems

C. Office Management


* Course Outlines attached as Annexures


SUPPLEMENTARY TRAINING ACTIVITIES


Tutorials:


In order to prepare the probationers better interact with the speakers and participate in panel discussions with proper preparation, tutorial sessions will precede important Panel Discussions. The topics of Panel discussions would be finalized in consultation with experts and probationers.


Panel Discussions

Eminent scholars and experts on topics of current importance would be invited. This would give an opportunity to the probationers to discuss complex policy issues with different stake holders and resource persons directly

Special lectures

Eminent speakers, specially senior serving or retired government officers and known scholars would be invited to share their experiences and expertise on important aspects of public policies and practices in the field of trade.


Local visits

In order to expand the vision and understanding of the probationers through direct contact, local visits to various institutions / organizations relevant to trade would be organized.


Multi-media Presentations

The probationers would be given ample opportunities to develop and polish their presentation skills through the STP.


IRP ( Individual Research Papers)

Each probationers would be given different Research assignments, resulting in a Paper, Report and/or Presentation to enable the probationers to do and present an independent research.




GRP (GROUP RESEARCH PAPERS )


Topic: “Issues and remedies of Trade-related Knowledge Management in Pakistan”


The Group Research Project would have two parts; the first one would deal with issues and remedies of trade related KM in Pakistan. In the second part, Pakistan’s Trade Report 2008 would be produced to fill the ‘knowledge/information deficit’ in terms of Pakistan’s foreign trade. GRP, in its first part would have eight parts, allocated to each Probationer:

Status of Trade statistics in Pakistan
Status of Competitiveness related statistics in Pakistan
Employment of modern tools/methodologies of KM
KM systems in private sector Organizations
KM in government
Best practices in Km in a local firm
KM in a model competitor country
Part 2: Compilation of Pakistan Trade Report 2008
FIELD VISITS


The probationers would undertake extensive field studies, to interact with the industry, various relevant departments in other cities and study the concepts and practices of export promotion through clusters.

Proposed Visits:

Punjab ( Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujarat, Wazirabad, Gujranwala & Sialkot)
Karachi / Baluchistan ( attachment with SBP, TDAP, Trade Organizations, Gwader, Afghan Transit Trade; TCP
NWFP/ AJK: Visit to various Industries, Border trade areas
Attachments with Export Clusters: 4 groups ( 2 persons each) Product groups as per TDAP-UNIDO Cluster Development Program (Textiles, leather, rice, surgical, sports goods, handicrafts etc. )


FOREIGN TRAINING


Officers would be enabled to study the development experiences of other countries through a 10-15 days tour abroad in April/May 2008.


SPECIAL MODULES


Through one week long special training modules by relevant professionals the officers will receive in-depth training from the private sector training providers, to supplement the Core Subjects.

Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan (FTIP) www.ftip.gov.pk By: Roubina Taufiq Shah (Director Training)
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what pay do the C&TG ppl get plus what are the fringe benefits?
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STP of CTG is taken place in Pakistan institute of trade and development PITAD... in state life building, blue area Islamabad... can someone confirm tht where are the officers accomodated during STP.
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