SIALKOT: A delegation of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a UK-based group, visited Sialkot and held meetings with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Surgical Manufacturers Association of Pakistan in their bid to understand the surgical sector, its socio-economic dimensions and the value-chain. The delegation, comprising Cindy Berman, head of Modern Slavery Strategy, and Ben Rutledge, senior adviser on UNGPs on business and human rights, along with members of PILER, is currently in Pakistan holding meetings with officials from the government departments, civil society, chambers, trade association and private businessmen. The Ministry of Commerce is coordinating the visit for the delegation, which also met with IMAC and Baidarie, a civil-society NGO, working to achieve the highest standard of social compliance issues in the region. ETI is planning to initiate a study on the surgical sector of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2018.