Pakistan

The General System of Preferences (GSP) plus status for Pakistan was increased by the European Union along with other new six conventions.

EC gave a statement to elaborate the concern “list of international conventions that need to be complied with,” and further clarification of “two additional human rights instruments on the rights of people with disabilities and the rights of the children, two labor rights conventions on labor inspections and tripartite dialogue, and one governance convention on transnational organized crime.”

In another place, EC added more about that an “urgent withdrawal of preferences procedure when a rapid response is needed in exceptionally grave circumstances in a beneficiary country, such as grave violations of international standards.”

This particular announcement took place when the EU warned Pakistan that this GSP status was might withdrawn on the violation of human rights. Pakistan was called to European Parliament in the month of April and concerns that are in the discussion was the review of Pakistan’s status related to the increase in blasphemy accusations and religious violence.

EC Spokesperson, Miriam Garcia Ferrer quoted that “A temporary withdrawal of the GSP+ status is believed to be the last resort when all other means of political dialogue and engagement do not produce necessary results.” Pakistan’s import tariffs were cut off by the European Union GSP plus program.

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Therefore EU gives Pakistan a further two years extension in 2020 in this duration the committee will analyze the performance of Pakistan. According to their performance then they will decide whether they deserve further extension for 2022 or not.

On the commencement of the new convention EC’s proposals lower down the manufacturing of certain products by about ten percent so that they get more space for the sectors where they are competitive. They also introduce certain new strategies to withdraw the GSP status from those countries that breach the sustainability of environmental conventions.

Moreover, it also increases the list of conventions that GSP plus countries must approve beyond the current seven. The recent GSP regulation is going to expire on 31 December 2023 and after that, the new GSP regulation will be applied from 1 January 2024 to 2034.

As previously the Foreign Office called the Indian media rubbish sense as they claim that Pakistan’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status was being withdrawn, quoting such reports “fabricated” and a continuation of New Delhi’s “malicious propaganda” against Islamabad.

Therefore on this response of India, the foreign office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri has quoted that “fabricated and a continuation of India’s malicious propaganda against Pakistan”.

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