Europe becomes popular in Pakistan after GSP status

KARACHI: Europe has become popular among Pakistanis after granting of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union (EU) early this year, said Germany’s Consul General in Karachi Dr Tilo Klinner addressing to the office-bearers and members of Karachi Union of Journalists-D (KUJ-D) and Karachi Press Club here the other day.

He said the GSP Plus status is a proof of confidence shown by the European countries on Pakistan, because of which huge foreign investments are coming here in different sectors. He, however, said that in order to fully exploit the GSP Plus, Pakistan should have to comply with the international conventions it signed earlier. He said that a big potential of Pakistan’s agro products is exists but the Pakistani exporters must adhere to the European quarantine regulations.

He said Germany is already importing Pakistan’s rice and wheat. He praised the investment policies of Punjab government due to which a number of foreign investors are being attracted to invest in Punjab. He said that Pak-India bilateral trade is not only in the interest of both the neighbouring countries but beneficial to the region as well.

Dr Kllinner said that working conditions for the journalists in Pakistan are getting harder day by day and it is need of the hour to create awareness among the journalists about their safety and protection.

He agreed with the proposals given by the President KUJ, Sajid Aziz to hold training courses and workshops in collaboration with German Consulate for journalists and initiate journalists exchange programme between the two countries. He said that he would write to the Berlin Press Club to coordinate with the Karachi Press Club.

He further agreed to facilitate the journalists in teaching German language. Dr Klinner also informed that a large delegation of businessmen from Germany will be visiting Pakistan soon to explore the opportunities for trade and investment.

He offered full support to the KPC/KUJ-D and committed to encourage them in their professional activities.

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