Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) initiated a major restructure aimed at consolidating our research activities and ensuring that we stay nationally and regionally competitive.
Since the past few months we have made significant improvements to the way we operate particularly in relation to our emphasis on reformation of a training institute into a research based entity with a clear agenda on performance based internal research and increasing the engagement of public sector policy researchers in our research. One of the important effects of these changes has been a significant increase in the number of the research staff. In the last 11 months, we have gone from having few research associates and regular employed staff to a total of 37 people in research group and 30 staff. During the same period, we have experienced an increase in the training work shops to our researchers. Many of our researchers are from staunch research back ground who have not only spent bulk of their time working with private & public organisations, but also have extensive knowledge of research with regard to international trade of Pakistan. Many of the research initiatives on different areas of export competitiveness of Pakistan have been undertaken so far by PITAD researchers. It appears that PITAD regards itself as the principal research arm of the public policy think tank and has set up a structure to support that role. The organisational structure encourages the communication and collaboration among all research groups due to its flat nature, hence providing greater opportunity for mentoring and networking. Of course, this growth of PITAD as a research institute carries substantial need for resourcing, while we want to support many exciting and important projects. That is why the continuing support of our stake holders is vital. I would like to specially thank our stakeholders for joining their hands for recent developmental changes at PITAD.