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PRGMEA wants production costs at regional level
Jul '15
The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has asked the government to take measures for to bring down cost of doing business to the level of Pakistan’s regional competitors in order to survive in tough competition in global market, according to reports in the Pakistani media.

In a joint statement PRGMEA chairman, Ijaz Khokhar, and vice chairman, Naseer Malik, said that Pakistan’s textile exports were very close to Indian textile exports few years back. But with a higher industrial growth rate and conducive policies, India’s annual textile exports have crossed $33 billion mark.

Khokhar said that China added further 35.29 million spindles while India added 14.2 million and Bangladesh 1.98million spindles in textile sector during the period 2008-13. In contrast, Pakistan added only 1.02 million spindles in five years.

The PRGMEA chairman said that regional comparison of cost of doing business shows that Pakistan’s wages, interest rates, electricity, gas and water tariff are much higher and have created hurdles for smooth business.

Khokhar said that the value-added textile export sector was vital with 45 per cent of total exports of the country and contributes 84 per cent of the textile exports consisting of apparels, knitted and woven garments, bedroom furnishing, made-ups, processed fabric, knitted and woven fabric, towel etc. Moreover the value-added textile export sector generates the largest employment of almost 34 per cent of nation’s total employment, he added.

His deputy Naseer Malik warned that without introducing the culture of value-addition, Pakistan would never be able to compete in the international market. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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