Exporters want export-oriented textile to be a separate sector

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA) has demanded that the government officially declares the export sector a separate sector with certain priorities as practiced all over the world.
In a meeting with Director General (Textiles) of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Jawed Bilwani, president PHMA, said that the export sector or export- oriented textile sector should be separated from the industry as a whole and asked the director general (textiles) to forward their recommendations to the concerned authorities.

He said that the textile sector contributed over 60 percent to the overall exports of the country, adding that the sector should be accorded special treatment. Bilwani said that export-oriented textiles should be the first priority for gas and power allocation, while the utilities tariff should be fixed for one whole year.

“We get export orders to be delivered after six to eight months and in between the utilities tariff is revised directly, which affects our cost of production. This practice is killing the industry,” he added.

Criticising the Trade Policy Framework 2012-15, he said that the stakeholders were not taken onboard and their proposals were not included in the policy. The PHMA members criticised TDAP for not facilitating genuine exporters to participate in international fairs and exhibitions.

They said that TDAP was only accommodating the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and some other chambers, despite the fact that members of federation and chambers were not actual exporters.

Bilwani informed the TDAP official that the R&D claims of exporters to the tune of Rs17 billion were stuck up with the government for the last two years and asked him to facilitate exporters in getting their refunds. Bilwani severely criticised the Ministry of Textile saying that it was a powerless ministry that could not even issue an SRO on its own.

Jamil Anwar, D&G Textiles of TDAP, listened to all the issues of PHMA and assured them to convey the same to the concerned ministries and play his due role in getting those solved.


Courtesy: The News

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