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Govt body to study case for joining global IT agreement

ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s Secretariat has constituted a committee to finalise the recommendations for Pakistan’s accession to World Trade Organisation’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA).
The agreement aims to eliminate tariffs on more than 400 IT products, including desktops, laptops and mobile phones.
The five-member committee, headed by the commerce secretary, will submit its report to the secretariat within two weeks. Its other four members are: secretary revenue division, secretary IT, secretary Ministry of Industries and Production and former ambassador to WTO Dr Manzoor Ahmad.
The terms of references (ToR) of the committee have also been finalised.
At the Nairobi Ministerial Conference in December 2015, more than 50 WTO members expanded the agreement, which now covers an additional 201 products valued at over $1.3 trillion a year. The products included the latest generation of semi-conductors, GPS devices, advanced medical products and machine tools.



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