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PR No.228 COMMERCE MINISTER MEETS PRESIDENT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Islamabad: January 25, 2017

Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan met with the newly elected president of European Parliament Mr Antonio Tajani in Brussels, today. The Minister felicitated Mr Tajani on his recent election as the president of European parliament. Mr Tajani is an Italian politician who has been elected to this position last week. Before that he was one of the fourteen vice-presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

The Minister discussed with him positive impact of GSP+ on Pakistan and EU as the mutual trade has increased on both sides. He apprised him on the positive changes in Pakistan on the side of security, economy and social sector reforms and informed that the improved security situation and consolidation of democracy gave space for carrying out necessary reforms which resulted in economic growth of Pakistan surpassing the targets set for 2016, and international institutions have revised the targets for Pakistan’s economic growth on the higher side for the year 2017 as well.

He said that with the strengthening of democracy in Pakistan law and order situation has also improved and legislation has taken place for the protection of Human Rights particularly those of children, women and minorities. He also pointed out that improvement in internal security has led to the revival of investor’s confidence in Pakistan and many European business concerns have now started investing in Pakistan.

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