Passing out ceremony of 25th Specialized Training Programme
ISLAMABAD: The passing out ceremony of 25th Specialized Training Programme (STP) of the Commerce & Trade Group, Civil Services of Pakistan was held on December 27, 2018 in the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD), Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad. The event was presided over by Secretary Commerce, Mohammad Younus Dagha. Present on the occasion was Capt. (Retd) Javed Akbar (Additional Secretary), S.M Tariq Huda (Additional Secretary) and Ms. Suriya Ahmad Butt (Director General Pakistan Customs) the event was attended by a large number of officers of Commerce and Trade Group. The event marked the successful conclusion of specialized training programme which started in April 2018 in newly built campus of Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD). The specialized training program (STP) is aimed at imparting the required knowledge and skills to the officers of Commerce & Trade Group enabling them to effectively support government in managing Pakistan’s international trade & commercial diplomacy. Director General PITAD, Ms. Aaisha Makhdum apprised on the training activities and informed that besides class activities, research and analysis have been an important part of the training. During the course the officers were provided with ample opportunity of interaction with the eminent scholars, economists representatives of trade and industry, senior government officials and trade officers of Foreign Missions based in Islamabad. The chief Guest, Secretary Commerce while speaking on the occasion urged the young officers to work with dedication and professionalism to excel in their service. As the country is facing serious economic challenges, the present government is looking forward to the civil servants to perform exceptionally well in their respective fields. The Secretary informed that the Commerce and Trade group is getting more visible and each year new officers are joining the service. A considerable number of C&T officers are posted abroad as well as on key positions in MOC and its attached departments. This visibility required enhanced service delivery which should be evident from the professionalism and performance of the officers. Secretary Commerce congratulated the officers on the successful completion of their training. Afterwards, the certificates were awarded to the graduated officers by the chief guest. The event ended with a votes of thanks by the Director Training.