7TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY UNDER THE CHAIRPERSONSHIP OF GHULAM RASOOL KOREJA

 Islamabad, the 2nd March, 2015

 

VALUE ADDITION IS NORM OF THE DAY AND MUST BE ENCOURAGED. ABBAS AFRIDI

                 7th meeting of the standing committee of National Assembly on Textile Industry under the chairpersonship of Ghulam Rasool Koreja was held today at MinTex. The agenda was to discuss and finalize budgetary proposals for PSDP.

                     The following projects were discussed in detail and cleared. Faisalabad Garment city phase 2 (598.5 million) , Faisalabad Garment City Training Centre (60 million), Karachi Garment City Phase 1(805.119 million), Monitoring and Management of BT resistance in cotton bollworms (59.822 million) , Cotton as relay crop in standing wheat for enhancing productivity of cotton and wheat crop (17.190 million),  Development of management strategies for red and dusky cotton bugs(59.928 million), Implementation of cotton standardization system for the production of high quality standardized clean cotton (75.160 million) and Prime Minister’s skill development programme.

                     The continuation of on going projects  (included in PSDP 2014-2015) Pak Korea Garment Technology Training Institute Karachi, strengthening of National Textile University Research Centre, Strengthening of Research and Development Cell, Skill Development Program for informal Textile Industry  were also approved.The other approved projects include  laying of water main for Pakistan textile city Karachi and  Lahore garment city (phase-1).

           In  the start of the meeting Abdul Rasheed Godel drew attention towards  increasing raw cotton export and demand for duty on imported yarn. The honourable member also came up with the suggestion of establishing sale promotion offices in Dubai and South Africa.  The federal minister  for textile industry Abbas Khan Afridi  stated that raw cotton export results in competitive advantange for other countries  such as Bangladesh and negatively  impacts our  exports. Value addition is norm of the day and must be encouraged . The minister textile industry proposed that Pakistan Textile City Karachi must be an agenda item in the next meeting, so that the issues related to  the much delayed project can be addressed as  soon as possible as the project would provide employment to over 50,000  people.

                The committee acknowledged the endeavours of federal minister for textile industry Abbas Khan Afridi and supported the ministry over its stance of getting its due share from Export Development Fund (EDF). Ghulam Rasul Koreja, Shafqat Hayat Khan, Shahid Hussain Bhatti, Jamsheed Dasti, Mohammad Ayaz Soomro and Abdul Rasheed Godil attended the meeting.