Pakistan voices its concern over the rice issue with Mexico

Geneva - 11 February 2008

Pakistan's envoy, Dr Manzoor Ahmad speaking during the trade policy review of Mexico reminded them of Pakistan's specific concerns with Mexico, on which clarification has been sought through advanced written questions. Besides the rice issue, the questions included the discriminatory practices by the Mexican authorities in terms of MFN treatment and use of estimated values at the ports of landing, which tend to place Pakistan's exports at a disadvantage on competitiveness.

The statement highlighted the achievements of Mexican government in raising their exports from US$ 161 billion to US$ 250 billions during the past four years of review period. Tariff reforms, FDI ascend, economic growth, poverty reduction and IPR policies are just a few to mention. Pakistan also acknowledged the contributory role of Mexican delegation to WTO in the on-going Doha Round negotiations.

Taking the opportunity, Pakistan pointed out the shortcomings in Mexican economic and trade policies and urged Mexico to consider doing away with such discriminatory measures.