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Policy Development


To play a crucial role in designing and developing overall policy direction to the Engineering Sector through identifying core competencies, macro-economic environment, tariff and non tariff business conditions through close interaction in-house and with different government departments and stakeholders.

Brief of Activities

Policy section works as a knowledge base of EDB and provides technical support for development of Engineering Goods Industry and acts as lead technical department  providing inputs to following line ministries and departments for effective policies formulation/technical support including:

  • Policy Initiatives & Technical support to MoIP.
  • Ministry of Finance/FBR on various notifications, policy issues and tariff rationalization etc.
  • Ministry of Science and Technology/PSQCA for Standards and Quality, PCST on Technology foresight
  • Board Of Investment for Investment facilitation
  • Ministry of Communication on Road Safety and Motor Vehicle regulations

On the other hand Policy section is also handling Senate, National Assembly, Standing Committee replies/briefings etc. and ensures implementation of Standing Committee for Senate and National Assembly recommendations/Resolutions etc. Furthermore, policy section is handling Prime Minister Delivery Unit and Wafaqi Mohtasib complaints, Court cases, Greenfield/Pioneer industry cases related to evaluation of new technologies and cases handled for disabled persons under Import Policy on routine basis.

In addition to above routine matters; Policy section is working on policy formulation and implementation for facilitating and encouraging development & growth of engineering Industry of the country. In this regard Policy section finalized and got approved Electric Vehicle Policy for 2/3 Wheelers, Heavy Commercial Vehicles and Four Wheelers, Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy from Cabinet and is also successfully implementing Automotive Development Policy 2016-21.

Automotive Development Policy 2016-21

Electric Vehicle Policy

Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy

Automotive Industry Development and Export Plan 2021-26

Policy Development Group Processes

  • An in-depth review and SWOT analysis of identified sectors.
  • Comprehensive analysis of identified sectors with focus on issues related to R & D, technology development, capacity enhancement, human resource, etc.
  • To identify potential for both domestic and Foreign Direct Investment(FDI).
  • Identification of un-competitive, rigid and out modeled policy areas for selected sectors.
  • Historical analysis, current and future policies of regional and competing countries on tariff and non-tariff issues.
  • To consult tariff section on tariff implications in various sectors to analyze the distortions, anomalies, bottlenecks in organic growth and to propose solutions.
  • Policy development group to recommend certain policy initiatives through interaction and continuous dialogue with industry.
  • A review of the key financial parameters, of the government to base policy decisions on financial support that it is prepared to give to sectors.
  • Recommendations / proposals to the Government for policy initiatives and decisions regarding targeted sectors.
  • To identify the need of cluster approach and propose measures to move economy from factor driven to investment driven stage.
  • Regular evaluation of policy decisions, performance evaluation, targets and environment set by the government.
  • To market policy initiatives, developed through above processes, with departments involved directly or in directly on issues having implication on the industry.
  •  To communicate and up date Pakistan’s missions abroad on the policy decisions and inviting their attention where necessary.
  • To set / monitor sectoral targets and conduct policy impact analysis.
  • To help out engineering sectors in identification of applicable quality systems/standards.
  • To assist engineering industries to compete international markets by achieving product certification, certification mark , certification labeling with the specific focus on UL and CE Marking.
  • To provide consultancy services for eliminating target Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) for global marketing.
  • To provide training on MSTQ to export oriented engineering sectors.
  •  To announce  International Training programmes on MSTQ with the collaboration of International agencies like PTB, Germany, KOICA , Korea, JICA, Japan, NIST, USA and  NMI, China, SWAD, Sweden and NORAD Norway  etc.
  •  For export oriented Engineering Products interact, collaborate and work with International Certification bodies, CE Marking /Certification Agencies and UL service providers.
  •  To work with PSQCA for standardization of products and or development of new standards of products of all engineering sectors and manage/ arrange meetings on engineering sub-sectors.
  •  To integrate Pakistan’s engineering sector with global markets by addressing quality issues identified by Sector Development Group, Policy Development Group, Business Development Group and Tariff Group; for inspections/quality of facilities of engineering industries require approval for manufacturing.
  •  To arrange and announce training of quality professionals of engineering sectors from abroad.
  •  To provide  technical services to customs authorities and other engineering concerns of Govt. of Pakistan and private sectors  on specification analysis of sophisticated scientific and technical instruments/ engineering systems for bulk purchases or imports.
  •  Publication of quality documentations of related engineering sub-sectors.
  •  Prepare curriculum for Industrial Metrology with the collaboration of UGC/HEC and engineering and technology   colleges, universities and institutes.


In order to achieve mission as well as goals, EDB has emphasized to:

Improve Production Technologies

  • Improved production technologies by tracking latest global technological trends and disseminate it to engineering industry after doing the Gap Analysis of Industries and carrying out analysis to ascertain weaknesses of indigenous industry and their technological needs and adopt best practices, environmental and quality standards etc.

International Exposure

  • Sector wise exposure to relevant trade fairs is being studied. EDB has stressed need to give International Exposure to local engineering industry through participation in local and international exhibitions, e.g. Hannover Fair proved high water mark for local engineering industry.

Export Focus

  • EDB is focusing on formulating export oriented strategies in different sub-sectors with the objective to discuss unconventional goods for export to unconventional market.

International Benchmarking

International benchmarking in different engineering sub-sectors for productivity enhancement and technological needs.

Market Studies

Carrying out international market analysis in various engineering sub-sectors covering world demand, trade data analysis, tariffs, Price/brand/competition information etc.