Skills development in garments

Readymade garments are one of Pakistan’s top exports but a number of constraints are inhibiting the sector’s true potential. A particularly problematic issue is the availability of skilled labour for garment manufacturing.

Recently, the Planning Commission approved funds for a project which aims to set up 1000 industrial stitching units under the public private partnership mode. Although that is a good initiative, there needs to be more effort dedicated towards developing the skills of small and medium enterprises operating in the garments sector.

Enhancing labour productivity is paramount if the overall quantum of garment exports is to be enhanced. While focus was on providing rebates and reducing the cost of production, the other part of the equation which is skills development for garment workers still needs a lot of effort.


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