PM lauds EU for extension in GSP-Plus status

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday appreciated the European Union’s decision for continuation of GSP+ status to Pakistan which contributed towards the enhancement of the country’s exports and further strengthening of its ties with the member countries.

The prime minister expressed these views during a briefing to review progress on the implementation status of GSP Plus related conventions.

The prime minister observed that the 27 UN conventions associated with the status were fully in consonance with their constitutional obligations; therefore, the government would continue to implement these conventions and enhance its engagement with the EU partners to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of Pakistan.

In a press release issued by the PM Office, Imran claimed that the present government was following zero-tolerance policy towards child abuse and child labour.

Secretary Treaty Implementation Cell Javed Akber Bhatti briefed the meeting about the existing trade engagement between Pakistan and EU and the impact of GSP Plus status to promote shared objective of sustainable socio-economic development and good governance.

The meeting expressed satisfaction on EU’s acknowledgment of some of the flagship initiatives of the present government, including the Billion Tree Tsunami project, Ehsaas Programme, Kartarpur Corridor, practical steps towards socio-economic development of erstwhile FATA.

The prime minister was also briefed about the preparation for the next biennial review of GSP Plus. The prime minister, during the meeting, also directed adviser for climate change to expedite the formulation of national policy related to waste management in consultation with provincial governments.

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