By admin       2018-04-16

State Minister for Commerce and Textile Akram Ansari Thursday said the textile sector in Pakistan had an overwhelming impact on the economy, contributing 57 percent to the country’s exports. He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA). In today’s highly competitive global environment, the textile sector needs to upgrade its supply chain, improve productivity, and maximise value-addition for its survival, he said. The minister assured the PCGA of resolving the problems of ginning industry and hoped that ginners would help supply contamination free cotton to the spinners and the textile millers. Ansari said the ginners and the spinners were the two wheels of a carriage and both should cooperate with each other. “The objectives of the textile industry division are to formulate strategies to enable the textile sector and all stakeholders to meet these challenges and attain global competitiveness,” he added. PCGA chairman M Akram apprised the minister of their grievances, including stuck-up refund claims of withholding tax and unjust and embarrassing notices of FBR to the ginners. He demanded exemption of ginning industry from sales tax on electricity bills and withdrawal of cotton standardisation fee. He assured that his ministry would refer their grievances to the concerned ministries. He said the textile division also assists the sector in acquiring benchmarks and compliance standards, specialised trainings, skill development, enhancing productivity and carrying out research for better technologies to make it progressive. Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of cotton with the third largest spinning capacity in Asia after China and India. The country contributes five percent to the global spinning capacity. At present, there are 1,221 ginning units, 442 spinning units, 124 large spinning units and 425 small units, he informed.

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