EU reaf­firms sup­port for elec­toral re­forms, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Pak­istan

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ISLAMABAD: The 8th meet­ing of the EUPak­istan Joint Com­mis­sion and its Sub­groups on Gov­er­nance and Democ­racy; Trade; and De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion was held in Brus­sels the other day and two sides wel­comed the con­tin­ued growth in their broad­based re­la­tion­ship.

Not­ing with ap­pre­ci­a­tion the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the EU-Pak­istan 5-year En­gage­ment Plan (201217), the two sides looked for­ward to fur­ther deep­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship, in­clud- ing through the Strate­gic En­gage­ment Plan (SEP).

The Joint Com­mis­sion ex­changed views and re­viewed progress in the ar­eas of peace and se­cu­rity, mi­gra­tion, trade, hu­man rights and de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. While not­ing the progress achieved, the two sides reaf­firmed their re­solve to en­hance the level of mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion.

The EU side reaf­firmed its strong sup­port for demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions, elec­toral re­forms, in­clud­ing the new elec­toral re­forms bill, rule of law, hu­man rights, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and poverty re­duc­tion in Pak­istan, in ac­cor­dance with the na­tional plans and pri­or­i­ties.

The two sides wel­comed the forth­com­ing di­a­logue son Dis­ar­ma­ment and Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion as well as Counter-Ter­ror­ism in Islamabad in Novem­ber 2017 and in this re­gard, agreed to con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion in th­ese ar­eas.

Both sides wel­comed the de­ci­sion to in­ten­sify co­op­er­a­tion in the field of re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, re­call­ing this as an out­come of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the first EU-Pak­istan en­ergy meet­ing held in Brus­sels in Jan­uary 2017.

The on­go­ing work to fi­nalise the EU's Gen­er­alised Sys­tem of Pref­er­ences/GSP+ as­sess­ment of progress made by Pak­istan in im­ple­ment­ing its GSP+ com­mit­ments was also dis­cussed. Both sides took note of the im­por­tant im­pact that GSP+ trade pref­er­ences have on bi­lat­eral trade and em­ploy­ment in Pak­istan.

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