Commerce Minister called for enhancing market access for developing countries and special facilitation for SMES and E-Commerce at WTO

Islamabad, October 24, 2016 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan said this in a meeting of select group of trade ministers in Oslo (Norway) in which 25 out of 164 members were invited to deliberate on the trade and economic challenges faced by global community. Major economies like China, EU, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, India, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Korea, Argentina and Pakistan were all represented by trade ministers.

Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan raised the problems faced by Pakistani farmers and agriculture community especially Cotton growers in the meeting and demanded a level playing field for Cotton farmers. Minister also questioned developed countries’ agriculture subsidies and stipulated special facilitation for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and E-Commerce.

The Minister for Commerce also met with trade minister of Norway ahead of the WTO meeting and discussed ways and means to increase trade between Pakistan and Norway. He appreciated contribution being made by Norwegian companies led by Telenor.

In the meeting with trade minister it was agreed that economic cooperation and trade will be reinvigorated with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. The European Free Trade Association is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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