Textile Briefs National

1.  Greg Hands, UK Minister of State for Trade Policy said that Pakistan is a potential market of 200 million people and both the countries were willing to enhance the bilateral trade. He said that bilateral trade between Pakistan and UK increased after the GSP Plus from the European Union adding that the position of Britain would remain the same as had been before Brexit.

2.  Pakistan needs to modernise spinning industry to boost its textile exports, said Shaohui Zhang, Head of a Chinese delegation. He said that the production capacity of spindles is very low. Pakistan has high-quality cotton and good quality labour, with the technology advancement these can be utilised in a better way to produce high-quality yarn.

3.  Pakistan has never analysed the challenges to its own industries and manufacturing sector after execution of CPEC. No safeguarding measures have taken in the bilateral agreements of CPEC to save the textile sector which contributes 60% to overall exports of the country, said an official source at Textile Division. Pakistan may become a trader after the massive investment by China in textile processing, from cotton to ginning, spinning, fabric, processing, made-ups and garments.

4.  According to the 10-year textile development plan by China in its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which is also sometimes called East Turkestan, Xinjiang will build China‚Äôs largest cotton textile production base and the largest garment export processing base. By 2023, Xinjiang will become the largest cotton textile industry base in China and the most important clothing export base in Western China.

5.  The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) announced that almost 140 textile mills have already closed their operation and about one million workers have lost their jobs and another 75 to 80 mills are on the verge of closure, which will add to the unemployment figure by another 0.5 million labour forces employed in the textile industry.

6.  The government should continue the implementation of the textile package and extend notification for the payment of incentives from July 1, 2017, to onwards, said Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) President Engineer Muhammad Saeed Sheikh. He expressed satisfaction over the increasing trend in textile exports which was the natural outcome of the implementation of the textile package.

7.  The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) have urged the US to extend GSP facility till December 2020 and include core Pakistani textile products in the facility. US has given GSP access to Pakistan, allowing duty-free and duty concession access for several products; however, the scheme does not include core textile and leather products export.


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