FAISALABAD: State Minister for Textile, Hajji Muhammad Akram Ansari said on Wednesday that problems of textile industry would be resolved within a couple of months.
He was addressing the opening ceremony of 2-day international conference on ‘Emerging Trends in Knitting-2018 (ETK-2018)’ at National Textile University Faisalabad (NTUF) here.
He said that Faisalabad was known as Manchester of Pakistan and it carried yolk of production of textiles in addition to contribute a lot in textile growth and stabilization of national economy.
He said that textile had been a major source of revenue since Pakistan came into being and it was contributing a lot in terms of employment.
In Pakistan, every second person is directly or indirectly linked to textile and every person across the globe is an end user of a textile product, he added.
“I belong to Faisalabad and well-aware of the challenges being faced by industrialists”, he added.
“We, as a nation are affected directly by the shortcomings faced by the industrial sector in term of market share, development of new markets, decreasing profits and aggressive competition at international market”, he observed.
He said that every challenge being faced by the industry would affect the common man, if we did not resolve it on urgent basis.
He said that when PML-N government took power, Pakistan was facing terrorism and load shedding whereas increased price of raw material and brain drain had further aggravated the situation.
However, the PML-N government took solid steps and overcome terrorism and load shedding, while further problems of industrial sector would also be resolved within next couple of months, he added.
Akram Ansari said that ETK-2018 international conference was a good omen to keep pace with innovations and emerging trends in textile knitting. This event will provide an international podium for researchers to come together to play their role in national development, he said.
“I will also invite the international researchers around the globe to visit Pakistan as Pakistan’s economy is growing phenomenally, he said and added, we will also keep motivating international researchers, technologists and scientists to play their role in uplifting textile sector”, he added.
Earlier, Rector NTU Prof Dr Tanveer Hussain in his welcome address presented performance of his institute and highlighted various innovations in textile.
Chairman Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) Mian Naeem Ahmad, textilers, and researchers were also present on the occasion.