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Downward revision in export target demanded Little effort has been made to reverse the trend of falling exports

Islamabad, August 25, 2016 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Thursday said after missing annual export target by a wide margin, the export sector is showing dismal performance on monthly basis therefore government should revise export target of $35 billion projected under the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2015-18.

Exports in the month of July have remained low as compare to the exports in the same month a year ago and it is unlikely that country can come closer to the ambitious export goal of $35 billion, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

In a statement issued here today, he said that despite the announcement of STPF, the policy implementation was delayed while the support measures announced boosting exports from July 1, 2016 have net been implemented.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that the finance ministry has not issued any funds to the commerce ministry to support the exporters under the framework which is amazing.

Pakistani exporters are struggling due to stuck up refunds and a difficult trading environment as the global trade has contracted while little effort has been made to reverse the trend of falling exports.

The government has tried to support the export sector through improving access to energy, adjustment in electricity tariff, lowering of interest rates and zero rating of leading export sectors, but it has not helped due to structural weaknesses.

The veteran business leader said that our textile exports constitute over 55 percent of total exports which has seen a fall of four percent in July therefore it has become imperative to be realistic and revise the export target according to the ground realities.

For more information, contact:
Jahangir Akhtar
Secretary General
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry
Office No, 9 Block E, Super Market, Islamabad
Cell: 0344-5111174

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