Islamabad—A high level delegation of experts from concerned departments has visited India to have learning into export promotion measures taken by the Government of India in the leather sector. The delegation comprised Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan Tanners Association, Pakistan Leather Garment Manufacturers and Exporter Association, Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers Association and Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association.
India has shown remarkable performance in global leather market in last decade with the export of leather and related product rising from $ 3 billion in 2009 to $ 6 billion in 2014, which is primarily due to institutional arrangement adopted in India to promote the sector, and the setting up of Council for Leather Export (CLE) has played a pivotal role in this regard. The Government of Pakistan under the Strategic Trade Framework 2012-2015, proposed that the Pakistan Leather Export Promotion Council (LEPC) will be setup to look after the interests of the Pakistani leather export sector. However this aim has yet to be realized.
The Federal Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan has announced for the formation of LEPC in Pakistan at the inaugural ceremony of the second Pakistan Mega Leather Show held on January 28, 2016 at Lahore. Pakistani delegates visited the International Leather Fair in Chennai, visited model leather sector factories in India, participated in the 19th UITIC International Footwear Congress at Chennai.