Pakistan highly values trade relations with European Union: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar on Friday said Pakistan highly values trade relations with European Union, which is one of the biggest export destinations for Pakistani products.

Talking to Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Dr Riina Kionka, who called on him here at the Commerce Ministry, the Commerce Minister underlined importance of the GSP Plus scheme for Pakistani economy and particularly for export sector.

He emphasized that the scheme helped in promoting universal values and created an enabling environment for implementation of 27 International Conventions in the beneficiary countries besides increasing employment opportunities, especially for women.

Dr Riina Kionka appreciated the Federal Minister for the coordinating role of the Ministry of Commerce and the open and frank engagement of representatives at federal and provincial level during the EU’s GSP+ monitoring mission visit for fourth biennial review of GSP Plus.

She also mentioned that Monitoring Mission has shown its satisfaction on Pakistan’s progress on implementation of 27 UN Conventions. However, the Mission also raised some concerns over the pending legislations which needs to be expedited.

The Federal Minister informed that the pending legislation regarding human rights issue will be passed soon. He assured Pakistan’s continued support and commitment to the recommendations given by the European Commission in the areas of Human Rights, Labour Rights, Climate Change and Governance.