Commerce Minister urges WTO countries to contribute towards free and fair trade

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Commerce and Textiles Pervaiz Malik has called upon the parliaments of all World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries to contribute in making trade free and fair.

Addressing the WTO public forum in Geneva, the minister said the benefits of trade must be spread across all segments of society to make economic prosperity sustainable.

He highlighted the various challenges that global trade meets such as the persistent gap between under-developed and developed countries, access to global value chains and high barriers faced by small and medium enterprises in gaining access to markets, technology and finance.

The minister appreciated the efforts of both national and provincial legislative assemblies in Pakistan for making laws for the social and economic inclusion of the marginalized communities, particularly on issues of child labour and gender discrimination.

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