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Exporters should come up with innovative ideas for boosting exports: PM



Friday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif urged the country‘s exporters to develop creative and original ideas to increase exports, which would ultimately help the country earn significant foreign exchange.

While speaking at a ceremony at the Textile Expo here, he said, “Despite various challenges, we have very robust, very futuristic, and extremely hardworking entrepreneurs that have gradually built Pakistan’s export culture.” He claimed that the provision of high-quality export goods to foreign customers would be ensured with sincere government support working in tandem with the extraordinary intelligence and diligence of the entrepreneurs. The PM welcomed the foreign delegates and expressed his happiness at their presence, saying that the fact that over 400 foreign delegates from 60 countries were there demonstrated Pakistan’s value as a travel destination for visitors, buyers, and traders from abroad.

Shehbaz Sharif also appreciated the industrialists, exporters, and experts who had contributed immensely to promoting Pakistan’s textile and leather exports.

He said Pakistan’s industry had now been transformed and converted to air jet looms, ginning, spinning, and waving.

Commerce Minister, Secretary Commerce, and Zubair Motiwala, he said had done a commendable job by arranging this expo which would help promote the country’s exports.

The PM said the textile sector constituted 60% of total exports while 40% labour force was absorbed in this sector. “It is no doubt one of the largest sectors of Pakistan’s economy,” he added.

He pointed out that despite financial challenges and other difficulties, the government was committed to providing genuine support to all the export sectors including textile, leather, and sports to help increase the country’s export volume.

He recalled that a few decades ago, Pakistan was ahead of its neighbors in textile exports, however unfortunately it lost the grounds. “But I have no doubt in mind that we can still recover from these setbacks and take hands off the clock back to 1990s and excel in our exports,” he said adding that Naveed Qamar, its team, and the finance minister combined could turn the table.

The PM said Naveed Qamar had put in place the national compliance cell which was the need of the hour and “we are obviously grateful to the European Union for GSP plus status and again I am aware of the fact that all reviews have been done, and we … respect all international requirements in this behalf whether it is good governance, human rights or any other requirement”.

He maintained the government believed in the rule of law and merit, and come what may, the government would toe the line of constitution and policies.

Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar on the occasion said Pakistan offered numerous opportunities for investment to foreign investors.

He stressed the need to provide more incentives to the exporters to boost the exports of the country. He also assured the entrepreneurs of the government’s full support saying that it would provide a conducive environment for them to help Pakistan not only to build up the country’s foreign exchange reserves but also to lessen their dependence on international lenders.

He said last month the government set up the compliance cell in the ministry to coordinate the efforts for meeting all the conditionalities for various programs including GSP Plus.

Chairman Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Zubair Motiwala said Pakistan was known for the standard textile products around the world.

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