The Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) of the European Union (EU) allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the EU. GSP+, a component of GSP, offers additional trade incentives to developing countries already benefiting from GSP – but in return for the implementation of to 27 international covenants, treaties and conventions. The European Union is mandated to review Pakistan’s human rights progress every two years under GSP+.
This publication provides an outline of the implications of Pakistan’s inclusion in the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). It should serve as a useful resource guide for all Pakistanis who are interested in learning more about GSP+, how the scheme can be used to promote human rights and what are the potential benefits of Pakistan’s maintaining the status.
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