MINISTER CONCLUDES GSP+ ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY IN EAST EUROPE

Islamabad: Minister of State for Commerce, Textile & Privatisation Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan concluded his Eastern Europe economic diplomacy mission in Poland, where he met Deputy Trade Minister Danuta Sojka-Andrzejewska and Undersecretary of State Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Kacperczyk.

Poland has one of the largest contingents of members in the EU Parliament. Minister of State solicited support of the Polish government in anticipation of a plenary vote in mid-December 2013 on European Union’s grant of GSP+ trade preferences to Pakistan for three years.

In his talks with Polish ministers, Khurram Dastgir Khan thanked the people of Poland for their support of Pakistan Air Force immediately after independence. It was also during the 2011 Polish presidency of the EU that the new criteria for GSP+ was finalised.

Owing to comparable strategic location of Pakistan and Poland respectively in South Asia and Central Europe, prospects for regional connectivity in infrastructure, transportation and trade was also discussed in detail.

In the Polish capital, Dastgir also met the Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate Jan Wyrowinski and the Deputy Speaker of Sejm (lower house) Jerzy Wonderlich. Mr. Wonderlich chairs the Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Sejm.

“I am delighted that Polish ministers as well as parliamentary leaders extended their fullest support to grant of GSP+ by EU Parliament to Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision of finding new trade partners for Pakistan has met with tremendous success,” MoS Commerce said in a statement received here Tuesday.

Pak-Polish economic relations are improving with Polish companies investing in oil and mineral exploration in Pakistan, while Pakistani companies are investing in surgical goods and textile sectors of Poland. One of Pakistan’s private airlines has purchased recently an aircraft from a Polish airline.

Khurram Dastgir Khan instructed Pakistani Charge d’affaires in Warsaw to expedite MoUs on cooperation in economic, banking, energy and mineral exploration sectors, currently pending between the two governments.

Dr. Safdar Sohail, Pakistan’s senior economics and commerce official in Brussels, accompanied the Minister during his Eastern Europe mission.