Minister of State and chairman Board of Investment Salim Mandviwala has said that enhancement of trade ties with outer world will help Pakistan eliminate poverty, unemployment and other problems.

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The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI), for the week ended on June 4, for the lowest income group up to Rs 3,000, has registered increase of 0.32 percent over the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 224.28 as against 223.57 registered in the previous week.

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President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI), Tariq Sayeed has underlined the need for a sizeable investment by China in the South Asian countries, particularly Pakistan to have a quantum leap in trade with the countries in the region.

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The Federal government will be announcing 2009-10 trade policy in the middle of July, said sources in the Commerce Ministry. It is learnt on good authority the Commerce ministry has decided to make sure release of important notifications relating to the decisions about the 2009-10 trade policy. "It is being decided that all notifications would be implemented within a month from the announcement of the trade policy," said the sources. According to the sources, a review of trade policy for the outgoing fiscal year revealed that certain steps announced were against the customs laws. However, this reality came to the light after eight months of the announcement of the policy, the sources said, adding that there was no option with the government but to postpone the decision for the next trade policy. It may be noted that the document, submitted by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) to the Commerce Ministry, has also stressed early notification of important decisions instead of delaying it for half a year. The sources said the government had taken all the stakeholders on board and extensive consultation was made on finalizing the 2009-10 trade policy. Further, last minute visits are being made by the ministry officials to negotiate with the concerned economic sectors before finalizing the trade policy.