LAHORE - The 8th Cabinet Committee meeting on GSP Plus was held at Civil Secretariat in S&GAD Department, which was convened by Minster for Industries Ch Muhammad Shafiq. The Cabinet Committee members who attended the meeting included Farhan Aziz, Secretary Labour, Ilyas Ghauri, CEO Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT), Azfar Hasan, CEO Matrix Sourcing, Usman Sarosh Alvi, Add. Secretary (HR and MA), Farooq Hameed, DG EPA, M Saleem Hussain, D.G Labour Welfare, Punjab, Syed Hasnat Javed, Director Labour Welfare, Hammad Altaf Khan, PBIT Company Secretary and Agha Ejaz Ibrahim, Director Wildlife and Parks.

All departments gave their presentations to the committee members, apprising them on the work done with respect to GSP Plus core conventions. Committee members were pleased with the progress made so far and decided to bring it to the attention of the Chief Minister accordingly.

PBIT being nominated as focal body on GSP Plus, in collaboration with all relevant departments of the Government of Punjab is closely working together to ensure that all GSP requirements are met. It is worth mentioning that GSP Plus was awarded to Pakistan in January 2014 by which Pakistan now has access to European markets with the potential of increasing exports by 550 million USD a year.