US President Barack Obama should provide Pakistani products with direct access to US markets at zero per cent duty rate to strengthen the Pakistani economy that has suffered colossal losses since 9/11, Pakistan-US Business Council Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik said here on Wednesday.
He said that US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) President Thomas Donohue and the European Union (EU) had also supported Pakistan’s long-standing demand of duty-free imports of Pakistani products into US markets.
He said that the USCC president in his letter had also urged President Obama to help flood-ravaged Pakistan by getting Congress to pass the stalled legislation that would allow duty-free imports of selected Pakistani products.
“The US president should announce free market access to Pakistani products. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had promised it during her visit to Pakistan,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2011.