PM Khan reviews progress on GSP+ status

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – May 13, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, Tuesday, chaired a briefing to review progress on the implementation status of generalised system of preferences (GSP) plus related conventions.

According to an official statement, the treaty implementation cell (TIC) secretary Javed Akber Bhatti briefed the meeting about the existing trade engagement between Pakistan and the European union (EU) and the impact of GSP plus status to promote shared objective of sustainable socio-economic development and good governance.

The PM was also apprised about the progress on implementation status of various united nations (UN) conventions related to human rights, child and women rights and others.

The meeting expressed satisfaction on EU’s acknowledgement of some of the flagship initiatives of the present government including billion tree tsunami project, ehsaas programme, opening of Kartarpur corridor, practical steps towards socio-economic development of erstwhile federally administered tribal area (FATA) region, implementation of national action plan (NAP) on human rights, combating violence, launch of national child labour survey, implementation of child labour laws, adoption of laws for the protection of women, children and transgenders and improvement of country’s ranking in transparency international’s corruption perception index.

The PM was also briefed about the preparation for the next biennial review of GSP plus.

In his remarks, PM Khan while expressing satisfaction over the progress made so far, appreciated EU’s decision for continuation of GSP plus status to Pakistan which contributed towards enhancement of country’s exports and further strengthening of our ties with EU member countries.

The PM observed that the 27 UN conventions associated with the GSP plus status were fully in consonance with our constitutional obligations and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) people centric agenda therefore the government will continue to implement conventions and enhance its engagement with the EU partners to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of Pakistan.

PM Khan said that the present government is following zero tolerance policy towards child abuse and child labour.

Recounting various administrative and legislative steps taken to protect rights of women, children and transgenders, the PM reiterated commitment of the government to undertake every possible effort to safeguard and protect vulnerable segments of society.

The PM, during the meeting also directed the advisor to the prime minister on climate change (A-PM-CC) Malik Amin Aslam to expedite formulation of the national policy related to waste management in consultation with provincial governments.

The meeting was attended by human rights (HR) minister Shireen Mazari, the advisor to the prime minister on commerce (A-PM-C) Abdul Razak Dawood, A-PM-CC Aslam, the attorney general Khalid Jawed Khan, special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) for overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bokhari and senior officials.