MEETING HELD ON 13.01.2016 AT, MINTEX ON PERFORMANCE REVIEW

To improve the working of the Ministry, improved coordination among various wings/departments/attached organizations/autonomous organization under the administrative control of the Ministry and importantly to review and analyze the performance; the Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry directed to hold a Performance Evaluation Conference (half yearly) for FY July-Dec 2015-16 of Ministry, attached departments, autonomous departments under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textile Industry. All the departments heads were directed to make a comprehensive presentation of twenty minutes duration covering the brief history/organogram of the department, staff position, targets/achievement for the period July-December 2015-16, budgetary/financial, issues/solutions and way forward.

In this regard, meeting was called on January 13th, 2016 in the committee room of Ministry of Textile Industry. The list of participants is attached.

The meeting started with the recitation of Holy Quran-The Secretary in his opening remarks highlighted the importance of textile sector and said that textiles is the backbone of the economy and realizing its importance in GDP, exports and importantly in job creation the Government has created a separate dedicated Ministry to address the issues of entire textile sector. The work of each department contributes in the national economy and such stocktaking of the situation would facilitate in future decision making.

ADMINISTRATION WING

The Joint Secretary Administration made presentation on the assignments carried out by the administration wing, he said that the administration is custodian to ensure application of laws and rules in entire hierarchy of the Ministry, including the attached department and the other aspect is to facilitate the officers and officials so that they can concentrate on their job descriptions. He informed that in last six months the administration wing completed following tasks such as:

·         Completion of “performance Contract and KPIs” for this Ministry

·         Completion of KPIs for the posts of BPS 17/18

·         Officers participated in Textile Industry Management Seminar in China

·         Merit based recruitment to fill 24 vacant posts of BPS 07 to 14

·         Specialized two weeks training for newly recruited staff

·         Timely disposal of official business in three days

·         Training of officials to improve skills and efficiency in Urdu composing

·         About 100 Assembly question and 09 meetings of Parliament Standing Committees

·         Successful execution of DACs and PACs meetings

·         Successful execution of budget utilization inaccordance with the laws and procedures

·         Publication of Year Book for the period 2014-15

The Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry directed that Joint Secretary may also guide the participants on recruitment rules and regulations and in this regard a comprehensive briefing was given in which it was highlighted that entire hiring in any of the department of whatever status has to take the NoC from the Ministry (the Ministry would take approval from the Establishment) for filing up of posts equivalent or above BPS-16, after that these positions can only be filled by FPSC. For posts below BPS-16, the NTS should be followed. The Secretary, Ministry of Textile said that such guidelines are issued by the competent forums and they have been circulated thrice to entire organizations and emphasized that the instructions should and must be followed in letter and spirit.

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ADVISORY (RDA) CELL

The Director Research, Development and Advisory (RDA) Cell made presentation on the achievement in respect of RDA Cell. Highlighting the importance of RDA Cell he informed the participants that on the instructions of Prime Minister of Pakistan the Cell was established with objective of creating in house capability for original research on issues directly influencing textile and clothing trade and provide policy advice to the Ministry, monitor and dissemination and application of policy parameters across the entire institutional structure of the Ministry, its constituent units as well as nodal points in the textile industry and provide proactive leadership. The main job responsibilities of the Cell is to formulate and implement the Textiles Policy, encompassing promotion of Pakistani's textile industry at the global level, exploring opportunities for access to new markets through joint ventures, FTAs / PTAs and other institutional arrangements, study of market dynamics in major markets and evaluating prospects for increase in market share of Pakistani Textile products specifically within the WTO framework as well as other institutional arrangements at the bilateral, regional and international levels, benchmarking with close competitors, evaluating product costs, financial analysis of different sub-sectors etc.

He further highlighted some major milestones achieved such as:

       Textile Policy 2009-14

       Textile Policy 2014-19

       Research Reports (published)

      Pakistan-China FTA, Analysis on Textiles and Clothing

      Pakistan’s Textiles and Clothing Trade 2002-07

      Investment in Imported Textiles Machinery 2002-07

      Analysis of R&D Support

       Online Registration Database

       Information Processing and Verification Panels for Schemes (Industry Associations, TCO, PCCC, SBP)

       Cotton Cess Collection Database

       Trade Analysis Reports (20+)

       Notifications and management for Textile Policy Schemes

       Textile Business Portal

       Replacement of 49 HS codes with 83 HS Codes in Pakistan’s Custom Tariff

 

He further highlighted that following tasks are currently in process such as:

       Managing Textile Policy Support Schemes

       Online Registration System

       FTA/PTAs/NAMA/WTO

       Textile Portal

       Tariff Issues (FBR)

       Trade Policy Issues

       Cotton Cess Collection

       Coordination with ILO/JICA/USAID/GIZ

       Liaison with Associations

       Trade Monitoring

       Management of

      RDA Website

      Facebook 4,379 Members

      Ministry Website

 

The Director mentioned that in last six months followings tasks have been performed:

 

       Meeting of Federal Textile Board under the chairmanship of Minister for Commerce to discussed Textile Policy Implementation

       Industry Stakeholders' meeting in Karachi and Lahore for development of projects under Textile Policy

       Incremental DLTL Notification issued and online excel based system developed for 2015-16

       Matter of Deemed Duty Drawback through SRO 209 resolved through the Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary Finance

       1st Meeting of Energy Committee held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, MINTEX, to resolve energy issues

       Committee formed by ECC of the Cabinet has decided to include Ministry of Textile Industry as member of the EDF Board Report has been submitted to the ECC of the Cabinet.

       After finalizing the audit criteria and expiry of the deadline for TUF 2009-14, copies of the forms as well backend soft data for 979 applications of 109 applicants have been shared with TCO and NTU with sorting criteria for initiation of TUF audit process. Issue of inspection charges have been resolved as well.

       Draft Textile Act has been shared within the Ministry and few improvements have been made.

       Coordinating with TDAP for Texpo 2016 to be held in April, 2016. The project proposal was prepared in 2014 and it was also mentioned in Textile Policy 2014-19.

       Pak-Iran PTA deepening and extension

       Pak-Iran Comprehensive five year plan

       Pak-Australia trade relations and technical assistance

       Pak-Belarus trade relations in textiles value chain

       Pak-Russia trade and Investment opportunities in textiles

       Pak-Japan trade relations

       Pak-Thailand FTA negotiations

       Pakistan – UAE trade relations

       WTO Trade Policy Review

       WTO Proposals on Trade Liberalization/Cotton/Facilitation

       Inputs on following issues were provided with detailed analysis

       Rise in imports of cotton yarn and its impact on our complete value chain

       Impact of rising electricity costs and GIDC on various sub-sectors

       Analysis of Proposed support measure of textiles value chain

       Inclusion of new codes in Incremental DLTL Scheme

       Imports of Polyester Fabric from India and analysis of negative list

       Registration of 448 units was renewed and for that purpose 3,250 emails were replied

       Automated system for Pakistan Central Cotton Committee has been developed and following information is available all the time:

       Month wise ledger for collection of each mill

       Month wise ledger bank branch wise

       Cotton Spinning Activity for each month w.r.t. maximum reported at mill level

       Last Payment Date for each mill

       Last reporting date for each mill

       Collection Performance (Jul-Dec)                      

                                               

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Value (mill) Increase %

219.77

251.39

14.4%

323.65

28.7%

 

       Meetings with JICA for initiating Technical Assistance to provide consultants to this Ministry, FGCC and PKTI/PRGTTI Lahore

       Coordination and meeting on GIZ projects for textile industry i.e. water efficiency, labour standards, energy efficiency & renewable energy and Sustainable Production Centre

       Coordination and meeting on ILO-PTEA project on labour reporting mechanism

       Coordination and meeting on ILO-Netherland Embassy project on “Buyer Forum”

       Coordination and meeting for ILO-Netherland-GIZ “Living Wage Conference”

       Presentation by the Secretary on the Investment Forum

       Reply to Questions of National Assembly and Senate

       Analysis of Report on Fire Incident in PCSI Lab

       Assistance to Admin Section on Attendance System

       Representation of Ministry on “Ease of Doing Business” Forum

       Para wise comments for departmental appeal on levy of cess on imported cotton

       Analysis of PRAL monthly export/import data at 8-digit level on need basis

 

On way forward the Director RDA Cell briefed that RDA Cell would be working on following tasks:

       Draft Textile Act to be shared with Industry Associations for their comments/suggestions

       Coordination with TDAP for Texpo 2016

       Coordination with associations for projects being developed by the textile associations:

      Apparel House

      World Textile Center

      Weaving City

      Garment incubators

      Dedicated textile and garments exhibitions

      Product Development and innovation fund

      Brand Development Fund

 

In the end the Director highlighted that RDA Cell is manned with only three officers in Mp-II and Mp-III scales and are working in the Ministry for last 9 years along with one SO and with such limited staff it is difficult to operate entire functions given to the RDA Cell.

 

PAKISTAN CENTRAL COTTON COMMITTE

Dr Khalid Abdullah made a comprehensive presentation on the activities of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC). He informed the participants that PCCC is established under Cotton Cess Act of 1923 adopted in 1948 and its objective is to Improve and development of growing, marketing and manufacture of cotton and its funding is through a cess imposed on the spinning mills on consumption and exports of cotton and no special funds are allocated by the Government.

The PCCC is governed through various Acts and Rules such as:

       The Cotton Cess Act, 1923 (adopted in 1948)

       The Pakistan Cotton Cess Rules, 1950 amended in 2012

       The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (Provident Fund) Rules, 1950

       The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (Staff Service) Rules, 1972

       The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (Pension) Rules, 1982

       The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1992

       The Executive Sub-Committee Rules 2007

 

For the year 2015-16 the Agricultural Research Sub-Committee of PCCC in its meeting held on 07th to 9th April 2015 set the target of evolution of varieties includes pests, disease and drought resistance, long staple, relay & intercropping and low cost production technology of cotton. It was informed by the Dr. Khalid Abdullah that achievements were as follows:

       Approved cotton experiments were sown as per schedule

       Picking of the experiments has been completed

       Ginning of the samples is in progress

       Trial data is being compiled for preparation of annual     progress report for 2015-16

 

He further informed that key posts are lying vacant since long in PCCC including Vice-President, Director, Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Director, Pakistan Institute for Research and Technology, Karachi, Director, Cotton Cess Management, Lahore, Officer-in-Charge, CRS, D.I. Khan, Accounts Officers, Ministerial staff.

Further, he said that senior research officers are going to be retired and for the benefit of the organizations they all would be required to give contract for two years. The Secretary said that the posts can be filled but the procedure already explained by the Joint Secretary Administration must be followed and initially Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (Recruitment) Rules are to be finalized/approved.

 

FAISALABAD GARMENT CITY (LTD) COMPANY

Mr. Naseem Bharara Chairman Faisalabad Garment City Limited Company made presentation of Faisalabad Garment City and informed that FGCC was established under Trade Policy 2003-04 initiatives. Land was purchased from EDF funds and to construct the buildings of various categories funds were obtained from Planning Division. He said that state of the art building was constructed providing following facilities such as:

       Emergency Medical Centre

       Women Facility Block

       Security Staff Resident

       Substation

       Training Centre ( will be operation soon)

       Auditorium

       Earth Quake Resistance Structures

       Fire Fighting Systems (Internal and External).

       Smoke detector, Addressable Fire Alarm, Earthing System etc.

       Utilities (i.e. Electricity, Telephone, Gas, Water Supply etc.)

       Cargo Lifts and Passenger Lifts

       Washrooms /Toilet Blocks for Ladies & gents.

       Sewerage System.

       LED Street Lights.

 

He informed that during last six months following work has been done:

       Training Centre: Draft of MOU regarding Training Center between FGCC/MINTEX with JICA will be signed soon. PC-1 for Training has been submitted for approval also.

       Appointment of Security Guards: FGCC has appointed the Security Guards, retired armed.

       Lease out the Category “B” Building: Category “B” building was rented out to M/s Interloop Limited as per advertisement according to PPRA Rules.

       Procurements: Cable for, Mosque, Submersible Pump for fire hydrant, Accessories for Security Staff and Residence, Main Gate, Accessories for Medical Centre, Mosque etc.

       He further informed that these buildings have been leased out to Masood Textile and Interloop and approximately 6,000 people mostly women are working and their annual exports are around1.62 billion PKR per annum.

 

The Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry said that FGCC and LGCC are success stories and said that they may devise a mechanism to construct more buildings.

 

TEXTILE COMMISSIONER’S ORGANIZATION

Textile Commissioner Dr Abdul Rauf Siddiqui made a comprehensive presentation on Textile Commissioner Organization (TCO). He highlighted the importance of TCO and informed that it was set up in British rule in Bombay. Initially it was placed under the Ministry of Industries and in 2004 placed under the Ministry of Textile Industry as an attached department. The main functions are as follows:

       Sole Professional Public Sector Organization on Textile

       Provides feed back to Government on Textile sector

       Serves as bridge between Industry and Government

       Acts as a vital tool for policies & law formulation

       Executing agency for implementation of textile policy initiatives

       Surveys (Capacity, Cost of production, Closed mills etc.) 

       Analysis of the proposals made by different sub-sectors

       Identifies issues relating to Textile Industry for Government assistance

       Collection of Textile Cess & Disbursement to NTU

       Co-ordination with National & International Bodies

       Co-ordination with the activities of State Bank – DFIs – FBR – PCCC – PCSI, FBS  on textile matters

       Facilitation & Development of all segments of Textile Industry

       Facilitates industry for foreign collaboration & Technical Know How

       Prepares  pre-budget proposals

       Develops Techno-economic recommendations for vulnerable sub-sectors of Textile Industry viz, Synthetic Textile, Wool, Jute, Filament Industry, Power loom Sector, Caustic Soda, Soda Ash, Dyes, Chemicals & Auxiliaries

He further highlighted the accomplished work during July-Dec 2015-16 which were as follows:

 

       TCO is in Consultation with E-Commerce Gateway for organizing a Technical Session on side lines of the “TEXTILE ASIA 2016”.

       TCO is going to organize seminar on “SIX SIGMA Lean Manufacturing” in collaboration with UNDP in Feb-2016

       TCO is organizing a Seminar on Motivation & Professional Carrier in collaboration with PK-GTI in 3rd week of Jan 2016

       TCO & NTU, Faisalabad are in process of conducting the inspection of Textile Units under TUF Scheme.

       Looking after the issues of Pak-Korea Garment Technology Institute, Karachi, TCO being implementing & executing agency (detailed presentation would be followed by the Principal PK-GTI)

       Collected the CESS of  RS. 11,235,073 against the Target of             RS. 11,000,000 (2.137 % higher than target) for the of period JAN-DEC 2015

       Published Annual Statistical Report on “ Performance of Textile Industry”

       Establishment & Updating of TCO Website

       Sent replies & supplementary material for Senate and Assembly Questions

       Attended court cases on behalf of MINTEX as well

Further, Textile Commissioner informed about the issues and challenges which were as follows:

 

       Restructuring of Textile Commissioner’s Organization.

       Shortage of officers & officials

       Starting of SMOT-III program and other Textile Skill Development Programs

       Enhancement of CESS Rate

       Approval of DFA MINTEX for the new rent lease agreement of TCO office

       1300 CC  Car for protocol purpose

 

On way forward the Textile Commissioner briefed the Chair, the main points were as follow:

       Establishment of Registration cell in TCO as well

       Establishment of Directorates in main hubs of textile industry viz –Lahore-Sialkot-Faisalabad

       MINTEX to facilitate hiring of foreign consultants for study on textile industry of Pakistan

       National / International Trainings for officers – Process to continue

       Arrangement of Exhibitions/Seminars for promotion of textile industry

 

The Secretary appreciated the Textile Commissioner on following the due procedure of FPSC for filling the officers level posts and directed that such practice may continue for the remaining vacant posts. Further, he said that registration cannot be duplicated.

NATIONAL TEXTILE UNIVERSITY, FAISALABAD

The Rector National Textile University made a comprehensive presentation on the achievements of the National Textile University (NTU)

The Rector initially explained the importance and needs under which the universities are established, he said that universities in the world had evolved and research and development has been included. He gave many examples that it’s the knowledge as per the requirement which makes the countries and companies successful. In his presentation he quoted many examples of companies not having a single factory but they are top in the world. He also quoted the example that world’s richest person does not have any single mine for gold but only has the knowledge, research and development.

He informed the participants that he only joined the organization in May 2015 and at that point of time there were many issues related to management including strikes, issues in hostel, under staffed faculty and management etc. However, with in six months following have been achieved:

          Revenue generation

          Controlled un-necessary expenditure

          Funding obtained from Planning of around Rs. 1.3 billion and from KOICA around $ 3 million

          Rs. 60 million from PSDP

          Rs. 50 million from EDF

          Initiation of new courses

          Rationalization of fee

          Security set up including CCTV

          Transport management

          Ensured academic calendar

          Motivation and character building of faculty

          New evening programs

          MoU signed with Wuhun University China

          Seminar on Technical Textiles

          Collaboration with GIZ

          Participated and carried out Seminar in Textiles Asia Exhibition

          Seminar on Textile Industry Challenges and opportunities in value addition

          Training on energy management in textile

          Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights

          NTU faculty inspiration day

          Seminar on eye in silicon valley

          Performance based appreciation for staff

          MoU with carpet association and developed a modernized loom for the carpet manufacturing

          International collaboration with leading universities in world such as

          University of Bolton, UK

          Technical Univ Liberace, Czech Republic

          University of Boras, Sweden

          ENSISA, Mulhouse, France

          University of Le Havre, France

          University of Valenciennes, France

          ENSAIT, Roubaix, France

          Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan, China

          Marmara University, Turkey

          University of Uludag, Turkey

          Technical University of Bursa, Turkey

          University of Leeds, UK

          Politecnico di Torino, Italy

          TU Dresden, Germany

          RWTH Aachen, Germany

          NC State University, USA

          VTT Finland

          Amir Kabir University, Iran

          Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

          KOC University, Turkey

          Sinshu University, Japan

 

          Student exchange programs with following universities

          University of Valenciennes

          University of Le Havre

          Uludag University

          Bursa Technical University

          Wuhan Textile University

 

          Participation in ITMA and International Textile Fair

 

The presentation was highly appreciated by entire participants.

 

LAHORE GARMENT CITY COMPANY

The Company Secretary Lahore Garment City Company (LGCC) made presentation on the achievements made by the LGCC during last six months. Initially he briefed about the objective of the LGCC and informed that three buildings in LGCC have already been leased out after following due procedure. The multipurpose building, hall and main lobby would be leased after following the rules. The Company Secretary highlighted on the way forward and said that company would add more number of buildings and they will plan in a way that no further government assistance would be sought.

 

PAKISTAN READYMADE GARMENT TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE

The Principal Pakistan Readymade Garment Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI), Lahore made detailed presentation and informed that institute is providing technical training on various courses related to garments manufacturing/stitching. He also shared that their job placement is more than 70%. Further, the institute is operating many courses with the assistance of Punjab Skills Development Program and NAVTTC. It was requested that support may be provided from EDF in form of endowment fund.

 

PAKISTAN KNITWEAR TRAINING INSTITUTE

The Principal Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (PKTI), Lahore made a comprehensive presentation on affairs of institute. He informed that the institute has been operating technical courses such as:

·         Stitching Machine Operators Training Course      (3 Months)

·         Fabric Cutting Experts Training Course               (3 Months)

·         Import Export Management                                (6 Months)

·         Merchandising Management Training Course       (6 Months)

·         Production Planning & Control Training Course (6 Months)

·         Quality Control in Garments Training Course       (6 Months)

·         Fashion Designing Training Course                    (6 Months)

·         Ladies Domestic Dress Making Course              (6 Months)

These courses are operational with the support of Punjab Skills Development and NAVTTC. It was also requested that support from EDF may be provided for the sustainability of the institute and to replace the obsolete machinery.

 

PAKISTAN KOREA GARMENT TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

The Principal Pakistan Korea Garment Technology Institute (PKGTI), Karachi made presentation on the performance of the institute during last six months. She informed that there are three departments i.e. Department of Fashion Design, Department of Textile Design and Department of Garment Manufacturing. She further said that three students of PKGTI won the leading award in Youth Fashion Revolution Competition; Best Female Designer, Best Male Designer and Best Make-up Artist. In diploma courses current enrolment is around 48 which was only 08 in last year and in short courses 173 students have been passed out and 249 are under training.

She said that the target is to take the enrolment of diploma courses to 90 (30 in each diploma course) and 1000 trainees in short courses. Further, she intended to register courses from Sindh Board of Technical Education.

 

SYNTHETIC FIBER DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION CENTER

The Acting Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Synthetic Fiber Development and Application Center (SFDAC), Karachi made presentation on the performance of SFDAC for the last six months. It was informed by the Acting CEO that purpose of establishment of SFDAC was to carry out research and development in manmade fibers and filament, however, later on the center also offered BS degree in textiles. The Center was placed as constituent college of NTU, however, there are few formalities which have to be fulfilled to place this center under NTU. Further, he informed that number of admissions have decreased as compared to previous year. The Secretary asked about the target and comparison with the last year admissions along with the reasons for less admissions. The CEO informed that target was 45 for the current year, however, despite all efforts only 30 had the admissions and this is also due to the name of the NTU. The Secretary directed that for next year comprehensive plan and more efforts be put in.

PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The Principal Plastic Technology Center (PTC), Karachi made presentation on the performance of PTC and informed that like SFDAC it is a company incorporated under section 42 of company ordinance 1984 and established from the grant from UNIDO and the government of Pakistan. It was informed that Center is to provide education, testing and technical services. Further, the Center has been in process to become the constituent college of the NTU and as NTU would not be providing financial support from January of 2016, the center requires immediate solution for the issue.

 

The meeting ended with vote of thanks to and from the chair.