*ISLAMABAD: Pakistan facing a setback at the World Trade Organisation due government inefficiency over the issue.*
Pakistan is fast losing its standing at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) due to the government’s inability to send a permanent ambassador to the global body after the post fell vacant a year ago.
The selection process for the appointment of ambassador at the permanent mission of the WTO – the global body working to promote rule-based international trade – is painstakingly slow.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government circulated the post in June this year. The Establishment Division and the Ministry of Commerce have not yet been able to finalise a candidate out of 15 applicants, according to sources.
The Establishment Division have forwarded the list of the 15 candidates to the Commerce Division for short-listing and interviews, they added.