Directorate General of Trade Organisations is working as an attached department of Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan. It was established in 2007 after promulgation of Trade Organisations Ordinance, 2007, as a regulatory body to implement provisions of the aforesaid Ordinance. The Trade Organisations Ordinance, 2007 is enacted in the shape of Trade Organizations Act, 2013 on 22nd. February, 2013. The core function of this Directorate is to process the applications for grant of licenses and registration of trade bodies under the Act. It also oversees the elections and results of Office Bearers and Executive Committee members of trade bodies and ensures that Trade Organizations Act and Rules made thereunder are being followed in letter and spirit by the trade organizations. The Directorate General of Trade Organizations is located at State Life Building No 7 (2nd Floor), Blue Area, China Chowk , Islamabad.
Human resource of the office at executive level is drawn mainly from amongst the core of Commerce and Trade Group officers who possess ample experience of working with the business community as a part of their job placement.
The office is sufficiently equipped with the modern tools of communications like internet, fax and telephones. It is ready to accept all challenge for which it has been created.
The Directorate General of Trade Organization was created as a separate entity to meet the demands of business community in a rapidly changing business environment. After the promulgation of TOO, 2007, which replaced the half century old Trade Organization Ordinance, 1961, the inconsistencies between the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and TOO, 1961 were removed. The new law was framed in the light of the discussions and suggestions by the business community to make it a business friendly law.
Another fundamental purpose of the new law and Organisation was to weed out fake trade bodies and also renew the existing Trade Bodies to make them true representative and accountable in essence. In the changed local and global trading environment, the role of emerging sectors like services, SMEs and women entrepreneurship increased manifold. Therefore, need was to grant recognition to these sectors through a legal cover and this purpose was achieved by enhancing the ambit of registration to new chambers representing these sectors. With the growth in the role of trade bodies in policy making and as voice of trading community, the stakes of various groups became stronger. It lead to rise in the disputes between various groups at the time of election of trade bodies. Need was to put in place an efficient dispute settlement mechanism to overcome this thaw. With the introduction of new law and the setting up of this organization, the pace of dispute resolution has been enhanced.