US urges Pakistani business community to take full benefit of US GSP programme
ISLAMABAD: In order to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and the United States of America (USA), USA embassy’s second Secretary for Trade and Investment Benjamin Embury has called upon the Pakistani business community to take full benefit of US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme for promoting exports with USA as this programme provided low tariff or duty free access to many categories of Pakistani products into USA market.
He said the USA GSP programme was available to Pakistani private sector till 2017 and there was a need to create more awareness about it so that Pakistani business community could fully exploit it for promoting exports with USA.
He said this while exchanging views with Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry during his visit to Chamber House here Tuesday.
A statement of the Chamber issued said that Pakistan has great potential for business and investment in various sectors of its economy and James Golsen, Executive Director for Asia, US Department of Commerce will visit Pakistan from Oct 2-8, 2016 to meet with public and private businesses in Pakistan in order to discuss the business environment and explore opportunities for new US companies aiming to enter Pakistani market.
He further said that USA was ready to cooperate with Pakistan in agriculture sector so that Pakistan could take benefit of its advanced technology to improve its productivity.
Furthermore, he added that a delegation of Pakistani agriculture sector businessmen led by US Ambassador will visit USA to enhance B2B ties in agriculture field.
Moreover, he was on opinion that USA was committed to improve trade and economic relations with Pakistan as both countries have good potential to establish business partnerships.
“Over 100 US companies are already present in Pakistani market and assured that USA Embassy would provide assistance in promoting B2B relations between the
private sectors of both countries”, he added.
In his welcome address, Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that bilateral trade of around US$ 6 billion between Pakistan and USA was far less than real potential of both countries.
He said both countries should focus on frequent exchange of trade delegations to improve two-way trade.
Sheikh said instead of providing aid, USA should promote trade with Pakistan which was the best way to strengthen Pakistan’s economy.
He said Pakistan has rendered great sacrifices due to fighting war against terrorism and the best way to compensate Pakistan for economic recovery was to provide enhanced duty free access to its products in US market.
Pakistan’s economic outlook offered promising future and urged that more US investors should explore Pakistan for joint ventures and investment in energy, infrastructure development and other sectors, he added.