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September 20, 2010

‘EU concessions to help rehabilitation’


September 20, 2010

Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui has said that the European Union’s (EU) agreement to provide trade concessions to flood-hit Pakistan will bring a new era of socio-economic development and help for better rehabilitation in the flood-hit country and added that this landmark, historic and long-desired achievement is the diplomatic efforts made by President Asif Ali Zardari during his recent visits to foreign countries.
The EU decision to provide trade access to Pakistan products in its bolstering market will help Pakistan mitigate the devastation caused by the recent flood disaster on its economy and its people, she said in a statement on Sunday.
“It was the long-standing desire of Pakistan to get access for their products particularly the textile goods in the EU market. The EU has agreed to make trade concessions to Pakistan to help it overcome the impact of floods. It is really a major breakthrough which is the result of President Zardari’s efforts for the people of the country, she said.
“It is the policy of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government to get trade but not aid and at last we have succeeded to achieve this goal,” she said. “We thank EU leadership for this noble cause which will ensure great help to the people of Pakistan to recover from the devastating floods.”
She also urged the US and other friendly countries to give zero-duty trade access to Pakistan on humanitarian basis so that it could recover from the worst-ever floods in its history.
She said that Pakistan since long had been calling for duty-free entry for its textile goods into the EU market under the GSP Plus scheme to stabilise its economy hit by global terrorism and ongoing raging floods.
This dream had now come true. However, it would be good if this trade access should be continued for ever, she appealed.

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