First Joint Coordination Committee Meeting between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Textile Industry, Faisalabad Garment City Company, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute and Pakistan Readymade Garment technical Training Institute, Lahore Meeting in Ministry of Textile Industry)

 

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Textile Industry signed Record of Discussion on February 2, 2016 in which the JICA would provide experts for “Project for Skills Development and Market Diversification (PSDMD).

To finalize the plan of operation and Project Design Matrix first meeting of Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) was held on June 30th, 2016 at Ministry of Textile Industry. The meeting was attended by Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry, Director Research, Development & Advisory Cell, Senior Joint Secretary (Skills Development Wing), Joint Secretary (Project Coordination), Chairman Faisalabad, Secretary, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, Principal Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (PKTI), Lahore, Principal Pakistan Readymade Garment Technical Training Institue (PRGTTI), Lahore and from the Japanese side, Chief Representative JICA, Chief Advisor PSDMD Project Team along with other members of JICA team and Program Officer attended the meeting.

The JICA team made a comprehensive presentation to the participants on project objectives and activities for the coming year. The Joint Coordination Committee approved the plan of operation and project design matrix. At the occasion, the Secretary Ministry of Textile Industry said that Textiles Policy 2014-19 envisions Pakistan as a leading country in the field of export of value added textile products and this key objective of value addition would not be possible until skilled human resource is developed specially in garment industry along with information on market and product diversification. The Chief Representative JICA informed that the project would focus on capacity building of Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI), Lahore and Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (PKTI), Lahore and training institute at Faisalabad Garment City. JICA would provide necessary machinery and training to improve skill in high value garments. JICA would also provide technical support to facilitate garment sector specially SME in the field of international marketing practices along with compliance requirement, marketing and product diversification.

The JICA has assigned seven Japanese experts for the said project and in June the team arrived in Pakistan and visited the Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (PKTI) Lahore, Pakistan Readymade Garment Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI), Lahore, Faisalabad Garment City Company, Faisalabad  The JICA team also met the Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry  and representatives of Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Associations (PHMA), Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Associations (PRGMEA), International Labor Organization (ILO) and NAVTTC etc.