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EU to kick off mid-term GSP Plus review this month

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ISLAMABAD, OCT 03 (DNA) – The European Union, with the assistance of Pakistan, will undertake a mid-term review of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status by the middle of current month in a bid to assess the required measures already taken and the future plan of action designed by Islamabad. “Pakistan has improved its position on human development indicators over the past three years (since winning GSP Plus trade preference status in January 2014) and has shown impressive performance and extraordinary recovery in key competitiveness indicators,” a senior official of the Ministry of Commerce and Textile told.

He pointed out that Pakistan’s economy primarily depended on improving the country’s institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, health and primary education indicators.

“New trade policy targets both international and domestic trade in order to improve the supply chain, enhance technology adoption and provide competitiveness,” he emphasised, adding “we are working to search new trade avenues and markets in different regions for trade promotion.”

Pakistan’s exports to Spain have risen 85% under GSP Plus since January 2014. With this significant increase in shipments, Spain has emerged as the third largest export destination for Pakistan.

Replying to a question, the official said free trade agreements (FTAs) were being negotiated with Turkey, Thailand and Iran and they would be finalised in coming months.

The government is also studying to initiate FTA talks on the same pattern with Latin American countries for the promotion of free trade.