ISLAMABAD: The authorities has initiated selection process for appointing Pakistan’s new ambassador and permanent representative to the Geneva-primarily based world alternate enterprise (WTO).

The publish fell vacant following the go out of Pakistan Administrative offerings BS-21 officer Dr Tauqir Shah who tendered his resignation in June 2018. On the grounds that then, this critical function to symbolize Pakistan at the Geneva-based totally WTO Secretariat has been lying vacant.


The post became created in 2002 to rent a competent character to relaxed Pakistan’s hobbies within the Doha spherical negotiations. Earlier, foreign workplace ambassadors used to represent Pakistan on the WTO.

in the wake of approval of a variety system of ambassador for the slot, numerous officials are inside the run for the submit and are in search of contacts with the bigwigs in PTI government for appointment to the distinguished role. The posting on the coveted slot won significance following the intervention of the excellent court docket of Pakistan to make sure merit based totally posting.

On Jan 28, 2019, the high Minister Secretariat permitted a selection criterion for the fourth ambassador. This will be the first ever choice criterion for posting of an officer as ambassador to WTO.

earlier, the 2 ambassadors were appointed through the high ministers on summaries sent by using the Ministry of trade. For appointment of a 3rd ambassador to the WTO, the authorities had constituted a 3-member committee chaired by way of former commerce minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.

however, the PTI authorities has now approved broader choice criteria. As according to the parameters of selection of ambassador include serving officer of grade 21/22, the age on software ought to be much less than 57 years, no longer retiring in next 04 years, no longer in merchandising zone in next 02 years.

The enjoy of working for the officials will have to be five years during closing 10 years in monetary ministries, but within the case of Federal Board of revenue only Customs.

The specific criterion for the publish has attracted complaint from numerous services agencies. It seems that criterion is designed ‘to fit the crown to already decided on head’, one officer inside the establishment department told on circumstance of anonymity.

the new choice criterion excludes all grade 20 officers, all Pakistani professionals working with WTO, UN, global financial institution, FAO and different international companies who can bring first rate knowledge and value addition.

according to another legitimate, there may be contradiction on the difficulty of age requirement. The coverage says applicant age have to be 57 years at the same time as then again if not retiring in next four years then age have to be less than fifty six years. But, it excludes all grade 22 officers regardless of occupational groups (besides one or two) who might be retiring earlier than April 2023. All officers of commerce and exchange of grade 21 might additionally fall on this. The equal additionally applies to all grade 21 officials of other occupational groups as well as Provincial management offerings, who are not in promoting region in subsequent 02 years.

All officers who are in grade 21 are eligible for promotion after finishing 02 years. It approach all grade 21 officers of Pakistan Administrative services (PAS) and Secretariat organization are excluded. This leaves only officers of Customs and IRS eligible as there are restrained grade 22 positions of their very own occupational institution.

posted in sunrise, March 17th, 2019