PRGMEA wants final approval of new textile policy 2020-25 by ECC

LAHORE (Online): Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) on Sunday called for the final approval of new textile policy 2020-25 by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet as it is vital for new investment and marketing plan in the major export-oriented sector.

PRGMEA regional chairman Adeeb Iqbal Sheikh said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has already approved the five-year textile policy for onward submission to the ECC. However, the ministry was unable to oblige due to undisclosed reasons.

He said the government announced several schemes including settlement of outstanding refund claims, rationalization of refund regime, establishment of Exim bank, duty-free import of textile machinery and reduction of mark up rate for export refinance in past but the sector was not getting benefits yet.

Textile sector contributed about 60 percent to the country’s total exports, besides providing direct and indirect millions of jobs which required a proper policy, he added.

He urged the government to redress the problems of the industry by taking comprehensive and innovative solutions in the new textile policy.

Adeeb Iqbal added that the A clear long-term policy will provide investors a clear vision that the government of Pakistan is ready to support the apparel sector of Pakistan on long-term basis.

He said that the garment industry has been affected seriously due to long delay in the final announcement of the new textile policy by Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet, as the PM has already given approval in this regard. He was of the view that further delay in textile policy would result in delay or even backing out of investors from future local and foreign investment in the industry.

Presently, we are in short production capacity and several exporters are refusing export orders because there is not enough capacity available in the country.

He claimed that targets set were ambitious and financial commitments of Rs188 billion and Rs65 billion respectively for first 2009-14 and second 2014-19 Textile Policies were made by the past governments to achieve them.

However, commitments were not fulfilled and timely payments were not doled out in financial support schemes.

Further, funds were not allocated for public sector development under infrastructure, vocational training, productivity and compliance related programs.