Central Chairman Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) Ijaz A Khokhar said that necessary arrangements were being finalised for setting up state of the art Pakistan Readymade Technical Training Institute (PRTTI) costing over Rs 125 million.
“We are making adequate efforts for selecting a suitable site in central area for setting up the proposed institute to facilitate industrial workers”, he said. Talking to APP, he said that concept of setting this training institute was to produce trained workforce in the field of stitching, pattern designing, quality control, inspection and sewing machine mechanics.
“The training will be imparted separately to male and female trainees in different fields in the institute”, he added. He said that PRTTI after regular functioning will help the exporters engaged in readymade garments industry to induct trained workforce to improve the overall productivity and quality of product.
He said that 50 industrial units were producing Martial Art uniforms while 100 units were engaged in producing tracksuits and sportswear in Sialkot and catering to domestic and international needs.
He urged the government to formulate sector wise policies with the consultation of stakeholders for bringing boom in exports of the country. PRGMEA Chairman suggested that the role of commercial officer should be made more effective and government must assign 10 percent export target to trade officers posted in European Union and their tenure should be linked with their performance.
“The Commerce Ministry should develop a mechanism for monitoring the performance of trade officers on quarterly basis for accelerating the pace of trade activities while trade officers should be exempted from other duties enabling them to concentrate on export promotion”, he suggested. He said that Pakistani exporters are losing opportunities due to language barriers and suggested that government should take appropriate steps by hiring well versed local representatives of Spanish and French languages to facilitate the business community.
“Under the circumstances there was a great need of formulation of regional sector polices because export hubs of four provinces were producing different products and regional policies would help the government in ascertain the problems and needs of the business community” he said.—APP