Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ)
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Cooperation Agency GIZ and Textile Associations for establishment of Sustainable Production Center (SPC) on 14th November, 2017
The Textile Division, Ministry of Commerce and Textile signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Cooperation Agency GIZ and Textile Associations for establishment of Sustainable Production Center (SPC). The ceremony was attended by Mr. Hassan Iqbal, Federal Secretary, Textile Division, Portfolio Manager GIZ, Ms. Melanie Alamir Fouzieh, Project Manager GIZ and executives members and representatives of textile associations namely All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA), Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA), All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) and Towel Manufacturers Association (TMA).
The Secretary, Textile Division informed that GIZ has been carrying out three projects for the textile sector in the area of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE), Water Efficiency and Labor Standards Program. The textile sector in collaboration with GIZ through this MoU, would establish Sustainable Production Center (SPC) to continue these facilities at large scale. The SPC would create awareness on issues related to social and environmental compliance, and provide advice for sustainable consumption and production especially for the SMEs.
The Secretary further said that whole idea is to further improve the social and environmental compliance of the textile sector.
The Portfolio Manager said that an agreement for Technical Cooperation between Federal Republic of Germany and Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed in 1972 and since then the GIZ has been carrying out projects for various sectors. These three projects were initiated in light of GSP+ to further improve the social and environmental compliance of textile sector.
The Secretary in his closing remarks said that the textile associations would play a vital role and initially the SPC would be housed in PRGMEA Lahore office and then mutually proposal and business plan would be developed. The GIZ would provide support for development of business plan and capacity building of SPC employees.