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'Pakistan working to double textile exports'
Mar '16
The Pakistani Textile Ministry is working on a comprehensive strategy based on value addition to invigorate the entire cotton chain in order to double the textile exports.

Senior Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Textile Ms Robina Warsi said the exercise is underway following a specific directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing the inaugural function of DICE Textiles – 2016 Innovation Event at the National Textile University in Faisalabad, she said that Pakistan is among top cotton producing countries of the world.

“Our economy is textile based and hence, value addition is imperative to re-organise this sector on modern scientific lines,” she said.

She said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is personally monitoring the overall performance of Textile Ministry and on his directive, the Ministry was engaged in compiling a new strategy based on optimum value addition of cotton chain. "It would not only strengthen the textile sector but also to enhance its share in international textile exports", she added.

Stressing the need for the expeditious development of technical textile, she said that specific needs of various sectors could be addressed by exploiting the benefits of innovation in this field. She said that industry-academia linkage is the first step towards this direction and hoped that with innovation, Pakistan would emerge as textile leader in the international markets during the coming years.

Ms Warsi also appreciated the efforts of DICE Foundation USA for the promotion of industry-academia linkage and said it is imperative to organise the textile sector on modern scientific lines. She also requested the textile producers to remain in touch with the Ministry and inform them about their problems so that immediate and necessary steps could be taken to redress their grievances.

Dr Khurshid Ahmed, Co-Chairman, DICE 2016 said, “The modern trends are reflective of industry-academia linkage and we should also restore this missing link in Pakistan so that our industry could also compete in the international markets.”

Dr Tanvir Hussain Acting Rector National Textile University said that the university has focused on the development of new textile technologies in addition to the commercialisation of modern research to develop value added textile sector. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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