- Secretary Commerce meets textile leaders
KARACHI: Secretary Commerce Zafar Mahmood held a meeting with the prominent exporters of the textile sector to discuss an action plan for enhancing exports of the value added textile sector. Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Tariq Iqbal Puri was also present on the occasion. Value chain in textile sector was represented by Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig of Pak Denim, Shahid Soorti, Chairman PDMEA, Sohail Tabba of Lucky Textile/Chairman Market access Committee of APTMA, Javed Chinoi, Chairman PRGMEA (South Zone), Shabir Ahmed of Bed wear Association, Rafiq Godil of PAKSEA, Khwaja Mohammad Usman Chairman PCFA, Nadeem Maqbool Vice Chairman APTMA, Javed Bilwani PHMA, Shahid Ameen of Polyester Staple Fiber, Anis Naviwala Cambridge Garments, Usman Khan of Kings Group, Yusuf Nazar of Nova International & Shabir of Bonanza.Most of the industrialists agreed that the value addition in Pakistan was much below the desired level and the reasons quoted for this were inefficiency of the workers if compared with the region, high energy cost, load shedding, law and order situation, infrastructure and logistic shortcomings. Another issue pointed out was lack of training. Agreeing to the findings, the Secretary Commerce instructed to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Executive, TDAP to take the initiative for establishing training institutes with coordination of STEVTA and the fund sourcing of NEVTA. The committee mandate would also include finalizing the training curriculum, acquiring of trainers and affiliation with any international institute. Secretary Commerce also suggested that this committee may visit Bangladesh to study the ongoing operations of workers training institutes. Responding to the concerns on law and order, Zafar Mahmood decided to convene another meeting of relevant authorities in Sindh province particularly in Karachi who are responsible for maintaining law and order including political element in order to take some steps toward industrial peace for future continuity of industrial activities. As regards, Japanese market The CE, TDAP emphasized upon taking business delegation to Japan where market is open for hi-tech value added imports. Tariq Iqbal Puri made a brief review of the production capacities in Pakistan of grey fabric and denim and the competition being faced for exporting the products.
- Action plan for boosting textile exports framed
KARACHI – Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood along with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Chief Tariq Iqbal Puri has met prominent exporters in the textile sector to discuss an action plan for enhancing exports of value added textile sector. The Secretary opened the forum for discussion and invited the Industry representatives to present their viewpoint at the event. Most of the industrialists agreed that value addition in Pakistan was inadequate and claimed that this was due to the inefficiency of the workers if taken in the context of the region, high energy cost, load shedding, security situation and infrastructure. Another highlighted issue was the lack of training. The commerce secretary agreed with the findings of the participants and ordered the formation of a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Executive, TDAP towards the establishment of a training institute in coordination with STEVTA and funding from NEVTA. The committee mandate would also include finalizing training curriculum, acquiring trainers and affiliation with any international Institute. The Secretary also suggested that this Committee may visit Bangladesh to study the ongoing operations of workers training institutes. With regards to the security situation, the secretary taking into account the views of the industrialists decided to convene another meeting of relevant authorities in Sindh Province, particularly in Karachi, which are responsible for maintaining security in order to take positive steps towards the establishment of security, particularly in industrial areas. Pointing out the viability of the Japanese market, the TDAP CEO emphasised upon the sending of business delegations to Japan where market is potentially quite lucrative. Chief Executive Tariq Iqbal Puri also conducted a brief review of the production capacities of Grey Fabric and Denim and the competition in exporting the products particularly changes in the EU point of origin rules which might pose a serious threat summed up the actions taken so far by The Government to meet the Challenges. The textile value chain was represented by APTMA Textile Market Access Committee Chairman Sohail Tabba, PRGMEA (Southern Zone)Chairman Javed Chinoi, Shabir Ahmed of Bed wear Association, Rafiq Godil of PAKSEA, PCFA Chairman Khwaja Mohammad Usman, APTMA Vice Chairman Nadeem Maqbool, Javed Bilwani of PHMA, Shahid Ameen of Polyester Staple Fiber, Anis Naviwala of Cambridge Garments and others.
- Pakistan – Value-added textile exports can reach $50bn
Pakistan has a potential of at least $50 billion in value-added textile exports if human resource in this sector is fully developed, said Textile Commissioner Muhammad Idrees. He was addressing the closing ceremony of 9th Round of Apparel Manufacturing and Management Training programme held recently at the Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute. Idrees said that the present volume of exports was not at all satisfactory and that stakeholders could easily double this volume by improving skills of workers and through compliance of standards of buyers. The skills development programme comprised one-month training, which covered cutting, sewing, production management, industrial engineering, sewing operators’ training and quality control. Experts and consultants from Technopak, a world-renowned consultancy firm, were hired for the training. During the 9th round, 31 master trainers or middle management professionals from Artistic Milliners, Naz Textiles, Rajby Industries and Selimpex International and Soorty Enterprises participated. The training project has so far been successfully implemented in 30 factories in Sindh and has trained 279 master trainers/middle management professionals and 3,693 workers. The project delivered complete training system, course curriculum, manuals and consulting guidelines to these factories. Training manuals are also translated in Urdu language to transfer appropriate knowledge and skills to workers.