KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that that by 2014, Pakistan was expecting to qualify and benefit from the European Union's import preferential treatment under the GSP Plus regime allowing duty free access for all export products.
Speaking at the inauguration of 6th Expo Pakistan 2011 at Governor House, he said that the government had made concerted efforts to acquire better access for Pakistani products in world markets.
"In this regard, the President and I have been emphasising Pakistan needs 'Trade Not Aid'," he said.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minster for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar, Port and Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghori President FPCCI were also present on the occasion.
Gilani pointed out that the European Unions's offer at the WTO to Pakistan for duty free access to goods from 75 tariff lines is just one example of such endeavours of the present government.
Referring to efforts for market access, he said Pakistan has already entered into preferential and free trade agreements with China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Mauritius. I would strongly urge our exporters to take full advantage of the market access opportunities of the bilateral agreements", he opined.
Talking of negotiations with India, he said the government was also making concerted efforts to enhance regional trade with our neighbours. Recently held trade talks between India and Pakistan are going in a positive direction, he noted.
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