Pakistan on starting point of generalized system of preferences: Dr Klinner

Karachi, June 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Consul General of federal Republic of Germany Dr Tilo Killner has hinted out Pakistan’s qualification for the new scheme – GSP Plus (generalized system of preferences) and advised the stakeholders to get prepared for it.

Addressing to the members and office bearers of Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) at a presentation held by Vice Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI), Razzak Hasham Paracha on Thursday the German diplomat said that the new scheme of GSP Plus is in place and Pakistan generally qualifies for it.

He however said that GSP Plus is linked with 27 conventions on god governance and one should make sure that all conventions are implemented. He said that Pakistan is at the starting point and it’s just like qualifying for preliminary round of the Olympics.

He further explained that every member of European Union has its own commercial interest and there could be difference of opinion that’s why nothing can be guaranteed on individual basis as decisions are made in the EU Parliament with consensus.

He said that Germany supports Pakistan for greater market access. He Pointed out that balance of bilateral between the two countries is in favour of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan is a young country with majority of its population is youth and textile sector is labour intensive.

He however said that Pakistan is passing through energy crisis and Germany is ready to provide assistance I this regard. He said that besides alternative, renewable and solar power Germany is a major player in wind energy and Pakistan can acquire its services in this sector.

He said that German companies have also shown some interest in Thar Coal project as well. He said that a number of German companies are already operating in various fields in Pakistan and that his country always encouraged its stakeholders to trade with Pakistan.

He said that travel advisory to German nationals is issued only when some area is having unrest and we advise our people to contact consulate office otherwise Germany encourages its businessmen to ravel to Pakistan.

He said that he would support PRGTTI to get technical and other assistance for training of skilled and semi skilled workers in Pakistan. He said that he was quite inspired from the performance of PRGTTI.

Dr. Klinner said that the proposed EU Trade Concession Package of 75 items is in technical stage and he is optimistic about it and hopefully Pakistan will get it finally. In this meeting Dr. Klinner said that

Germany has from the beginning been one of the driving forces behind the EU trade preferences and is now looking forward to a swift enactment of EU regulations. The Central Chairman PRGMEA, Shehzad Salim said that Germany is the second largest importer of Pakistan’s clothing. He said that Pakistan’s clothing exports to Germany crossed $336 million in 2011.

He however said that these exports are declining due to precarious situation and that Germany should support Pakistan in getting EU Package and GSP Plus as Pakistan has qualified for it with effect from January 2014.

He also briefed Dr Klinner about the working of PRGMEA and PRGTTI. Razzak Hasham Paracha informed D Klinner that PRGTTI has so far trained as many as 14,460 workers across the country. He said that the institute has collaboration with a number of foreign government and non-governmental organizations such as UNDP, USAID, ILO, etc. German Economist. Horst Roesler and Chairman PRGMEA (S.Z) Atiq A Kochra also spoke on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA)
18-A Shaheen View Building, Block-VI, P.E.C.H.S.,
Karachi-75400, Pakistan
Tel: +9221 3454 9073, +9221 3454 7912
Fax: +9221 3453 9669

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