Fahim requests members of European Parliament to use their influence for early legislation of trade concessions

Islamabad, July 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): A delegation comprising members of European Parliament namely Chair of the South Asia delagtion Ms Jean Lambert MEP, Agricultural and Economic Policy specialists Mr. Phil Bennion, Mr. Lass Weigmark Head of EU delegation, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Mr. Salvador Sedo, Administrator Delegation Secretariat Mr. Philipee Kamaris and Political Advisor Ms Sabine Meyer met Senior Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim here today and discussed matters of mutual interest and ways of enhancing trade between Pakistan and EU.

EU delegation emphasized on proper compliance of 27 international conventions mandatory for becoming eligible for duty free excess through GSP Plus scheme for EU. These conventions pertain to human rights good governance, labor rights, environment and narcotics control. The Commerce Minister informed the meeting that Government of Pakistan has ratified all these conventions.

The Senior Commerce Minister requested that members of European Parliament may use their influence for early legislation of trade concessions in EU parliament, whose meeting is scheduled to be held in September, 2012.

The EU delegation appreciated the liberalization of trade between Pakistan and India. It will not only enhance the bilateral trade but also be helpful in improving political relations between the two countries, added by EU delegation.

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