Minister for Finance and Revenue, Asad Umar on Friday assured the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) that the government would fully support the export oriented sectors of the industry to boost country’s exports and in this regard all possible cooperation would be provided from the government.
He said while talking to a delegation of APTMA led by Aamir Fayyaz Sheikh, who called on him here. Advisor to Prime Minister on Textile, Commerce, Industry, Production, and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood was also present on the occasion.
The delegation congratulated the Finance Minister on assuming charge of the Ministry of Finance and said that the Industry hopes that the new government will take decisions in the interest of the Industrial sector after incorporating the feedback from the respective sectors.
APTMA discussed various issues regarding gas and electricity pricing, proposed withdrawal of customs duty and sales tax on import of raw materials, sales tax refunds, extension of duty drawback scheme for 5 years and maintaining market based exchange rate.
The Finance Minister assured the delegation of his full support to uplift this export oriented sector on the condition that the sector will fulfill its obligations for increasing exports bringing in much needed foreign exchange and will not in any case be helpful to anyone involved in tax evasion.
Asad Umar said that the news relating to increase in gas and electricity tariff has been misreported in the media so far no such decision has been taken by the government. The Minister stated that the Ministry of Finance will fully support the recommendations of Advisor Textile and Commerce in all Industry related matters.—APP