An EU team in Pakistan to check the progress of the conventions
ISLAMABAD: The European Union (EU) Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) monitoring mission has arrived in Pakistan to analyze the government’s actions on its 27 conventions, a prerequisite to qualify for continued status. GSP Plus”.
The mission is to assess progress in implementing 27 international conventions regarding GSP+ from 2020 with stakeholders on human rights, labor rights, environment and good governance.
To support the case for an extension of GSP plus status, the Attorney General of Pakistan, Head of ICT (Treaty Implementation Unit), met with all relevant officials. The European Commission had published the GSP scheme legislation (2024-34) on September 22, 2021.
In 2021, the EU on extending GSP plus status for Pakistan, added six new conventions, while expressing concerns about the human rights situation, freedom of the press, death penalty and child labor issues.
After 2022, the EU will unveil new criteria for qualifying for GSP plus status.
The Federal Cabinet attended a detailed presentation on Tuesday of the unresolved issues related to GSP+ and the prospects for a new GSP scheme in 2023.
After obtaining the status, Pakistan will have to fulfill the conditions of 5 other conventions. The EU adopted the resolution by majority to review the status of GSP plus for Pakistan.
According to the Trade Ministry, Federal Trade and Investment Minister Syed Naveed Qamar visited Brussels on May 22-23, 2022 and held meetings with key members of the European Parliament, senior officials from the European Commission and the Secretary of State for Brussels. Region.
In his meetings with EU officials, Qamar pointed out that GSP Plus was an excellent model and a success story of mutually beneficial cooperation, as Pakistan’s exports to the EU increased by 86% and exports from to Pakistan have increased by 69% since the establishment of the scheme in 2014.
He expressed hope that the new GSP Plus regulation would continue to focus on its core principles of supporting sustainable development, poverty reduction and good governance in recipient countries.