PITAD conducts a comprehensive, 9 months Specialized Training Program (STP) for newly inducted Commerce and Trade Group officers of the Civil Service of Pakistan.The officers of Commerce & Trade Group from 38th batch/common of Civil Services of Pakistan joined Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) for their nine month Specialized Training Programme (STP) on 1st July 2011. It is the 20th Batch of Commerce and Trade Group that would undergo STP. The STP aims to equip the officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to managing international trade and commercial diplomacy. Specialized Training Programme covers the following :
International trade theory and practice
Issues in Pakistan’s economy and potential export sectors
Evolution of multilateral trading system and agreements under GATT94/World Trade Organization
Trade development practices in Pakistan; public policy and practice
Regulatory framework of business in Pakistan
Global marketing, export management and supply chain management
Export procedures, promotion, logistics and compliance issues
Trade diplomacy and market intelligence
Information system and technology
Office procedures, secretarial instructions and rules of business
Besides lectures on course modules, STP comprises of Individual Research Paper, Group Research Paper, Data Analysis and Computer Skills, Seminars, workshops, Book Review, Term Papers, Industrial Attachment and Local and Foreign Tours and foreign language learning. Guest Speakers are also invited from different national and international organizations to share their ideas on trade and development with the trainee officers.
After its revamping, PITAD is now acting like a think tank for Ministry of Commerce on trade related issues. It conducts research on trade, economy and development issues. Findings of the research work carried out by PITAD are also shared with the trainee officers.
Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) has recently entered into a twining arrangement with World Trade Institute (WTI) University of Bern, Switzerland to enrich the STP. WTI will help in establishing and upgrading modules for the STP and it would arrange training of the master trainers to teach these modules. Joint certificates to the probationary officers will be issued by PITAD and WTI for the upgraded modules at the successful completion of STP.