Britain getting EU trade concessions for Pakistan: British High Commissioner

Islamabad: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson Tuesday said that his country is trying best to help Pakistan get access to European Union market which is a critical issue.

“We are trying to get EU trade concession of GSP Plus for Pakistan to get more Pakistani products would be introduced in Europe,” he told a Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry delegation that included VP SAARC CCI Iftikhar Ali Malik, VP FPCCI Amir Atta Bajwa, SVC, FPCCI Kanwar Qutbuddin.

Thomson said Pakistan has easiest business environment in region but UK’s SME sector is still reluctant to invest here which will be only possible if local business community extend cooperation. He said he is inviting British investors to explore energy, super markets and other promising sectors.

Iftikhar Malik, who is also ex-President FPCCI, said Pakistan is being deprived of due rights while other countries like Bangladesh are getting concessions. He said Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in Pakistan’s tribal areas is not a viable idea which he told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a meeting. He asked UK to help boost regional trade.

To a question, High Commissioner said Pakistan has suffered more in war on terror than what it get in return. “Do More” is not a helpful phrase; we all [allies in war on terror] need to do more. He said dispute resolution initiative by FPCCI, Pakistan’s Apex body of trade and commerce, is to encourage UK’s business community in a great way pushing them to make a beeline to invest in Pakistan. He agreed to explore business exchange programs.

Ruling out any mediation between Pakistan & India, he said there is no better way outside trade to foster relations. However, UK will continue to work for improved ties between two neighbours in the background.

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