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APTMA rejects SECP Corporate Rehabilitation Act
Sep '12
Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Mohsin Aziz has rejected unilateral move of finalizing the proposed Corporate Rehabilitation Act by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to juggernaut the industry on the pretext of loan recoveries.

He called the proposed law as a draconian one in its very nature and said that the SECP has initiated the move under the pressure of the banking industry while ignoring the industry point of view altogether on the subject.

It may be noted that the SECP is in the process of finalizing recommendations on the proposed law under the garb of rehabilitation & restructuring of distress corporate entities, followed by its approval from the Economic Coordination Committee to the Cabinet and finally from the Parliament to provide it legal cover.
Chairman APTMA said that the textile industry was the largest borrower of bank loans in private sector therefore no fair recommendation on the proposed law is justified without its active participation. As a matter of fact, he said, the SECP was not taking into account the industry troubles owing to unprecedented energy shortage in the country, leading to bank defaults at large. 
However, he clarified in the same breath that the APTMA was not in favour of willful default. But it is very much there to protect its member mills so far as force majeure is concerned, arising out of gas load shedding for 180 days during last fiscal year and six to eight hours a day electricity load shedding on independent and prime feeders.
Accordingly, he said the loan portfolio of textile industry is in a bad shape and some 33% out of total industry loans are being bracketed into Non Performing Loans (NPLs) at present. But there is no fault on the part of the entrepreneur in 99% cases so far as high ratio of NPLs is concerned, he added.
Mohsin feared that the proposed law under consideration of SECP would give way to the proposed action just by one term of non-payment and bring the law into action to enable the banks to appoint administrator on the respective mills to take over the unit and recover the disputed loans. He said any such law would not less than be a black law in the face of circumstances beyond the industry control at large. 
He said any further progress on the SECP without taking APTMA on board would lead to devastating impact on industry, already lying on the ventilator due to short supply of energy.
He expressed concerns that the SECP was acting on the whims of a powerful lobby of bankers and it is right time for the government to intervene and stop any such adventurism on the part of SECP immediately. It will give a shoot and kill authority to the banks at the end of the day, he asserted.

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