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Pak textile makers expect new govt to address power woes
May '13
Pakistan textile and apparel manufacturers are expecting the newly formed Government under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to address power crisis in the country and stabilize the problems faced by their sector.
Speaking to fibre2fashion, former central chairman of Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Mr. Shahzad Salim said, “We are expecting the new Government to address the issue of power shortage so that the production situation can stabilize in the apparel industry of Pakistan.”
“We are also expecting the Government to streamline the import policies and to work for the development of the garment industry in the country,” he adds.
According to Mr. Sheikh Muhammad Akbar, former vice-chairman of All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (APTMA), there is a severe electricity shortage in the country and “we want the new Government to find a solution to the power crisis since most of the textile manufacturing units in the Pakistan’s Punjab region are severely affected by the frequent power cuts,” he says. 
The Pakistan textile industry accounts for more than 50 percent of total export earnings and accounts for around 40 percent of jobs in the manufacturing sector of the country.
Earlier this month, the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) said in a statement that lack of management in the power sector has caused power outage for up to 20 hours in Faisalabad and it may halt industrial production of the city.

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