Trade Industry Investment

Barriers for SMEs to export at regional and international level

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SMEs in Pakistan are widely reported to represent 30 percent of national GDP, 25 percent of exports of manufactured goods, and 35 percent of manufacturing value added. Other estimates put the number of SMEs contribution to exports at 70 percent. The reality is that these estimates are outdated and unreliable, based on an economic census conducted thirteen years ago, a time frame during which Pakistan’s economy has changed significantly. 

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The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Main Issues Faced by SMEs in S&SE Asian Countries and Their Solution

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Exports to the US Market: Technical
Barriers to Trade faced by exporters in
Pakistan

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Setting the Scene

This study was carried out from the 3rd to 24th June 2016 by PRIME (Policy Research Institute of Market Economy), Islamabad as a part of a CUTS International and Australia Aid Project entitled “Geneva Trade and Business Connation: South and South East Asia”.

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Trading with China: Challenges and Policy Issues faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in South and South East Asia

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This Country Update Note examines the constraints faced by Pakistan’s micro, small and medium-sized firms in exporting to Chinese market. It informs on the composition of Pakistan’s exports to China, distribution along firm size and across sectors, tariffs and non-tariff barriers and the use of trade preferences under Pak-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in 2007. The study uses a mix methodology. It analyses firmlevel export data for the recent period (from 1-1-2017 to 31-12-2018).

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Women Exporters: What are their Special Challenges?

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Setting the Scene

Globally, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a pivotal role in the socioeconomic development of a country. Pakistan is no exception, where the MSMEs contribute 40 percent[1] in national GDP, 25 percent in export earnings, 35 percent in manufacturing value added and 80 percent in the employment of non-agricultural labor force. The MSMEs are mainly concentrated in the trade, manufacturing and service sector. As far as women-run MSMEs are concerned, Pakistan has the lowest rate of female entrepreneurship in the world standing at 1 percent.

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Mapping of Land and Maritime Transport: Key Figures, Structure and the Current National Regulations

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It is a well-established fact that an efficient transport system plays a pivotal role in enhancing economic growth, reducing poverty and attaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Globally, investments in transport sector have significantly enhanced trade volume and human development through increased mobility. As far as Pakistan is concerned, the transport system generally comprises of roads, railway, aviation, ports and shipping services.

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EU (revision of) Minimum Residue Level: Potential Effects on South and Southeast Asia (S&SEA) Exporting Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

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This country note examines the responses of public and private sector stakeholder to an increase in maximum residue limits (MRL) on agricultural products imposed by the EU. MRL indicates the permissible limit of traces of pesticides left on agricultural products which are intended for food or animal feed. These limits are fixed and regulated by the European Commission. These MRL were revised upwards in January 2018. The revision affected a wide range of product groups comprising citrus fruits, tree nuts, pome fruits, stone fruits, berries and small fruits, cereals, spices, vegetables and sugar plant.

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