Meetings with Pakistan Textile Exporter Association (PTEA) and Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FCCI)

The Federal Secretary, Textile Industry Division, Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry visited Faisalabad on 1st November 2013, along with Director Research Development and Advisory Cell. All Pakistan Exporters Association Chairman, Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood received them and conducted a tour of the Textile Testing Laboratory, an EDF funded institution. Mr. Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood, explained that the laboratory was being managed by SGS, and its testing facilities were among the best in the country, and were also accepted in the international market. However, he requested that equipment may be provided through EDF to upgrade the laboratory for Eco Textiles testing. The Secretary, Textile Industry Division asked for detailed proposal in this regard so that the matter could be placed before the Export Development Fund (EDF) Board.

At the Pakistan Textile Exporter Association (PTEA) meeting, the Chairman PTEA stated that due to shortage of gas and electricity, the textile sector was working at only 40% of its capacity, and this would reflect in exports this year. He and other members of APEA stressed the need for government intervention for facilitating provision of energy to the textile exporters of Faisalabad.  The PTEA members also alarmed that textile sector will not be able to take full advantage of the GSP + if the energy issue will not be addressed by the government. The Secretary advised the Association to develop a coherent multi-pronged strategy to sensitize the government on the issue, and also promised to hold a tripartite meeting with the concerned Ministries on the matter.

In the afternoon, a meeting was held with the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, where detailed presentation and briefing were given by FCCI President, Engineer Suhail Bin Rashid. Apart from energy problems, other matters such as setting up of an Expo Centre in Faisalabad, revitalization / bail-out of sick units, high cost of capital, setting up of effluent treatment plants, and slow disbursement of refunds by FBR were discussed. The Secretary asked the members present to develop specific proposals and solutions so that the Textile Industry Division could help to resolve these issues.