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Pakistan And GSP Plus

Pakistan and GSP Plus

The General System of Preferences (GSP) is a mechanism introduced by the European Union (EU) to grant non-reciprocal preferential treatment to imports from developing countries, without legally violating the obligations…

GSP Plus Status: What Does It Imply?

GSP Plus status: what does it imply?

In December 2013, subject to its compliance with 27 UN-ILO conventions, the EU Parliament approved the grant of 10-year GSP Plus status to Pakistan by a huge majority; 409 votes…

GSP Plus Status: Will We Retain It?

GSP Plus status: will we retain it?

Less than a year from today, the GSP Plus status granted to Pakistan would be reviewed by the EU. Pakistan had ratified the EU-specified 27 UN-ILO conventions but did little…

The GSP Plus Status

The GSP Plus status

The European Union has granted the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status to Pakistan in December 2013. This status is likely to increase access to the EU market through…

GSP Plus: Opportunities And Challenges

GSP Plus: opportunities and challenges

Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, in his article ‘Why free trade matters’, says: “Contrary to what sceptics often assert, the case for free trade is robust. It not only extends to overall…

GSP By Plus: A Sting In The Tail?

GSP By Plus: a sting in the tail?

Recently, the European Union (EU) extended Pakistan’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status for another two years. Since the 28-member bloc constitutes the single largest market for Pakistan’s exports,…

GSP-Plus And Labour Compliance

GSP-Plus and labour compliance

Previously a beneficiary of the tariff cuts under the Generalised System of Preference, Pakistan is one of the 10 countries which have been granted the Generalised System of Preference Plus…

Democracy Plus

Democracy plus

In these times when good news is scarce, the vote in the European parliament in favour of granting Pakistan the coveted GSP Plus status came as a positive signl. It…

Of GSP+ And…

Of GSP+ and…

On December 12, the European Parliament approved the grant of GSP plus status to Pakistan by a huge majority; 409 votes were cast in its favour while 182 were cast…

Nawaz Sharif’s re-redux

Nawaz Sharif is the proverbial Lazarus of Pakistani politics. He has survived it all: dismissal of government in 1993, military coup d’etat in 1999, disqualification and dismissal in 2017, two…