Local Workshop in Pakistan

Meeting details:

Date: 16 May 2017
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Language: English

The full-day Stakeholder Outreach Workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan was designed to promote dialogue and to gather invaluable information on the impact and application of the EU’s Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (“GSP+”) in Pakistan towards integration into the Final Report of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s GSP.

The workshop gathered 66 participants from government, industry and civil society. Notable ministries and organisations represented at the workshop include the Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

During the workshop, high level speakers presented on the impact of the GSP+ arrangement in Pakistan, including Mr. Dr. Safdar Sohail, Executive Director General, Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan and H.E. Mr. Jean-François Cautain, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the EU to Pakistan.

Speakers presented on the economic impact, the socio-economic impact, the social impact and the environmental impact of the arrangement. The workshop provided a fruitful framework to discuss the different impacts of the GSP+ with a wide range of participants.


Workshop materials

Workshop Agenda
Workshop Report


1. The GSP Mid-Term Evaluation: Methodology and main interim findings – Emily Hemmings, Mid-Term Evaluation of the GSP

2. Preliminary findings and introduction to the case study – Dr. Peter Holmes, Mid-Term Evaluation of the GSP

3. Socio-economic impact of GSP+ in Pakistan – Dr. Safdar Sohail, Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan

4. The impact of the GSP+ on Pakistan’s exports and the way forward – Mr. Ehsan Malik, Pakistan Business Council

5. The social impact of GSP+ in Pakistan – Ms. Ingrid Christensen, International Labour Organization

6. The environmental impact of GSP+ in Pakistan – Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, Sustainable Development Policy Institute