NA speaker Qaiser thanks EU for GSP+ concessions

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – October 7, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser thanked, Tuesday, the European Union (EU) for the trade concessions given to Pakistan under generalised scheme of preferences plus (GSP+) and said that the concession offered had given a substantial boost to the economy.

According to an official statement, the EU ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara called on NA speaker Qaiser at the parliament house, in the federal capital.

Issues of mutual interest, including enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation between Pakistan and the EU were discussed in the call on.

NA speaker Qaiser mentioned that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with the EU and will like to further strengthen them through collaboration in diverse sectors.

He said that improving parliamentary partnership project (I.P5) was great contribution by the EU which will help parliamentarians to better contribute towards parliamentary processes.

He appreciated the EU for its previous program I.P3 which turned out to be a success in enhancing capacity of parliamentarians and the secretariat. 

Referring to the vast opportunities for investment in Pakistan in the economic, industrial, trade and agriculture sectors, NA speaker Qaiser offered EU investors to join the country’s economic development by investing in Pakistan.

He referred to the economy of Pakistan as agrarian, however due to various handicaps; the potential of agricultural sector could not be realised and therefore stressed the need for enhancing collaboration in agriculture sector and subsequent value addition.

NA speaker Qaiser said that Pakistan’s role in the international community is responsible and wants all disputes to be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means.

He said that a peaceful Afghanistan will play a positive role for peace and development in Pakistan and the region and reiterated that Pakistan will continue its support for peace.

NA speaker Qaiser said that parliamentary and trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had witnessed positive developments in recent months and apprised about the parliamentary initiatives of visa and trade concessions, removing hurdles in trade activities and enhancing people to people contacts. 

EU ambassador to Pakistan Kaminara said that the EU values its relations with Pakistan.

She said that the EU seeks cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors of economy besides social sector development. Referring to the trade between EU and Pakistan, she said that the Pakistani products are in demand in the EU and steps are being taken to increase the volume of trade with Pakistan.

EU ambassador to Pakistan Kaminara agreed that the EU will support Pakistan in agriculture sector with special emphasis on value chain.

Emphasising the need to promote parliamentary co-operation, she said that the EU’s mission in the federal capital will continue to play a role in enhancing parliamentary co-operation.

EU ambassador to Pakistan Kaminara said that IP5 project was in implementation stage and will help parliamentarians to enhance their capacity to better respond to their constituents.

She was convinced that Pakistan’s contributions towards Afghan peace process will yield excellent results.