EU reaffirms support for electoral reforms, economic development in Pakistan
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.