EU monitoring mission to lead dialogue on GSP+ compliance in Kyrgyzstan

EU monitoring mission to lead dialogue on GSP+ compliance in Kyrgyzstan

AKIPRESS.COM – The European Union Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (EU GSP+) monitoring mission has arrived in Bishkek.

On the occasion of the launch of the mission, the members of the mission met the Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade Veronika Isaeva. As a beneficiary of GSP+ since 2016, Kyrgyzstan benefits from generous trade preferences and the complete elimination of customs duties on 66% of all products exported to the EU.

The main objective of the mission is to conduct a dialogue on GSP+ compliance with the Kyrgyz government as well as with local stakeholders, including civil society, businesses, trade unions and international partners. The dialogue will cover 27 international conventions on human and labor rights, climate and environment, and good governance.

In the margins of the mission, the annual EU-Kyrgyzstan human rights dialogue will take place on 15 September in Bishkek. During the dialogue, the parties will discuss the situation and the latest developments in the country with regard to respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and good governance. It will bring together members of the EU mission and representatives of the various ministries and state agencies.

GSP+ is a special EU incentive for sustainable development and good governance that supports developing countries. In addition to meeting standard GSP eligibility requirements, GSP+ countries, including Kyrgyzstan, are required to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions. In return, the EU reduces its import duties to zero on more than two-thirds of the tariff lines. Kyrgyzstan is one of the nine countries in the world – beneficiaries of GSP+.

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