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FM Qureshi invites top EU official to Islamabad for strategic dialogue

NEW YORK:  Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Federica Mogherini, Vice President and High Representative of the European Union (EU) on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the sidelines of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister reiterated the invitation to the High Representative to visit to Pakistan in November this year for the Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue. The High Representative said she was looking forward to the visit. The sides agreed to…

EU extends Pakistan’s GSP-Plus status

BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) has extended Pakistan's Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP-Plus) status after the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade expressed satisfaction on the progress achieved by the country in enacting new laws for implementation of 27 core conventions of GSP plus, especially the National Action Plan for Human Rights, ARY News reported on Wednesday. Pakistan is one of the 10 beneficiaries of EU's GSP+ Scheme. As a result of duty free access available to Pakistan in 28…

EU mission satisfied with efforts to eliminate child, bonded labour

ISLAMABAD: The European Union’s GSP Plus Assessment Mission has applauded Government of Pakistan’s efforts in introducing legislation for elimination of child and bonded labour from the country. Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan, while chairing a meeting of Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC) apprised the mission on the achievements in the areas of human, labour, women and child rights, climate change, anti-corruption, and anti-narcotics. The four-member assessment mission led by Mr. Gus Houttuin, Advisor of the…

HRCP moot calls for GSP+ compliance

LAHORE: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) called a moot in which it was agreed that the federal government and the trade community must act expeditiously to ensure compliance with the GSP Plus conditionalities if they want to derive due benefit from the facilities offered by the European Union.

Increase in exports by $1 billion annually- GSP Plus

Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan informed Senate that Generalized System of Preference Plus (GSP Plus) status given by the EU will help increase Pakistan's exports $1 billion annually. In a policy statement on the floor of the house, the minister said that gaining access to EU markets was a collective effort of the incumbent and the previous governments of Pakistan People's Party (PPP). He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took special interest in securing the GSP plus…

Khurram Dastgir advises traders to take full advantage of GSP Plus

ISLAMABAD: Congratulating nation on getting GSP Plus status, Federal Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan advised traders to put all possible efforts to increase the country’s exports by taking full advantage of the facility, ARY News reported. While addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, Khurram Dastgir said that Pakistan has achieved a big success after 10 years in trading sector and declared it as a challenge for the government and traders to expand their export basket…