APTMA seeks policy for revival of industry

Says early announcement will help reverse trade deficit, contribute to progress

Our Correspondent January 03, 2018
The textile sector is using environment friendly materials,due to restrictions imposed by foreign buyers, says PTEA Chairman Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Chairman Aamir Fayyaz has urged the government to announce and lay down the implementation mechanism for the agreed long-term policy for the revival and growth of the textile industry.

“An early announcement of the policy will help reverse trade account deficit and thereby contribute to the country’s progress and prosperity,” he stressed.

It may be noted that the prime minister in his meeting with all the textile industry stakeholders in September had very wisely desired the textile ministry and the textile industry to come up with a long-term policy for the revival and growth of the textile industry.

The Federal Textile Board, in its follow-up meeting with all stakeholders, had unanimously proposed various initiatives as a long-term policy to be announced at the earliest.

It enabled requisite investment to generate exportable surplus and achieve additional $20 billion exports in the shortest timeframe to overcome the menace of growing trade deficit, the biggest economic challenge for the government.

Fayyaz said that the policy has been devised for the restoration of the international competitiveness of Pakistan’s textiles whereby 1,000 garment and stitching plants are expected to materialise to make the best of the opportunity.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2018.

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