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Dastgir wins Polish support for GSP Plus status

Dastgir wins Polish support for GSP Plus status

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Commerce and Textile Engineer Khurram Dastgir has said that he is delighted that Polish ministers as well as parliamentary leaders extended their fullest support to granting of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by EU Parliament.

He said this in a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy after his return to Pakistan after a weeklong official visit of Eastern Europe meant to seek support in EU Parliament for the grant of GSP Plus status to Pakistan.

Poland has one of the largest contingents in the EU Parliament. Minister of State solicited support of the Polish government in anticipation of a plenary vote next month on EU’s grant of GSP Plus trade preferences to Pakistan for three years.

At the end of the visit, he met Deputy Trade Minister, Poland Danuta Sojka Andrzejewska and Under Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs, Katarzyna Kacperczyk. Dastgir also met the Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate Jan Wyrowinski and the Deputy Speaker of Lower House Jerzy Wonderlich.

Wonderlich chairs the Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Lower House. Pak-Polish economic relations are improving with Polish companies investing in oil and mineral exploration in Pakistan. Meanwhile Pakistani companies are investing in surgical goods and textile sectors of Poland. One of Pakistan’s private airlines has recently purchased an aircraft from a Polish airline.

Khurram Dastgir instructed Pakistani embassy in Warsaw to expedite MoUs on cooperation in economic, banking, energy and mineral exploration sectors.