WTO delays vote on Trade Concessions to Pakistan

14 February 2011

The EU plan to grant trade-concessions to Pakistan on 75 goods (mainly textiles and clothing) following on from Pakistan’s devastating floods last year, has suffered another blow after the WTO postponed the vote for enabling the measures after it became apparent that a number of non-EU countries complained it would damage their economies.

 

The EU had planned to introduce a unilateral waiver which needs WTO approval and depends on unanimous backing from all 153 members but after behind-the-scenes discussions, the vote was put back by two months raising concerns that the measures will not come into force.

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