Karachi : Under the GSP programme, Pakistan would get duty-free access into 27 countries of EU for a number of textile and clothing products. A meeting was held in TDAP under the chairmanship of Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary, TDAP on the subject of GSP +, which was attended by Marcel Oosterveer, the CBI expert on the subject, and representatives of different Textile and Clothing Associations in the country, including representative of Optima and DGs of TDAP. The CBI expert briefed the participants about the GSP Plus programme where Pakistan was one of the ten (10) beneficiary countries.

The duration of programme will be 10 years in which the status of the beneficiary countries will review after every three years. The expert explained to the participants various benchmarks and thresholds about the eligibility of the countries and the different products and products sectors.

The expert informed the participants that the purpose of the scheme was to create the conditions for sustainable increase in the exports of various sectors.

The Secretary TDAP appreciated the grant of scheme to Pakistan by EU and emphasised the importance of taking necessary steps and measures in order to continue to avail the benefits of the programme for the 10 year period.