Textile sector: Identifying causes for low exports

Govt on one side is pushing to increase export, yet on the other, it is continuously harassing existing taxpayers.


Our Correspondent July 17, 2015
“Two years ago, the then textile minister announced constituting a committee to resolve all major issues faced by the exporters, but it has not materialised as yet,” he said. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI:


Pakistan Apparel Forum (PAF) Chairman and Chief Coordinator Value Added Textile Forum Muhammad Jawed Bilwani has urged the government to look into why the country’s industrial base, especially textile sector, is shrinking.


“Two years ago, the then textile minister announced constituting a committee to resolve all major issues faced by the exporters, but it has not materialised as yet,” he said in press release.


He said if the government wanted Pakistan to turn into a trading state then it should clearly take concrete steps towards its materialisation rather than making vague claims of supporting the sector.


He further said that it was ironic that the government on one side is pushing to increase export, yet on the other, it is continuously harassing existing taxpayers. “The limited taxpayers are burdened at a time when exports are under pressure.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2015.

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