Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari today advised the Government to work out a plan to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to the industry in Punjab for five days a week commencing from the first week of May.
This he said during his meeting with the APTMA delegation here at Bilawal House today when his attention was brought to the issues being faced by the textile mills and other industry.
Briefing about the meeting Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President during meeting said that textile industry was playing an important role in the country’s exports and there was a need to adopt out of the box solutions to address the issues being faced by the industry and to enhance value added exports of textiles.
While appreciating the contribution of the textile sector in the economic progress and prosperity of the country, the President assured Government’s full support to APTMA towards realization of their full potential and the export targets.
The President emphasized upon the need for closer cooperation between the public sector research centers and the manufacturers/producers in private sector so as to create an enabling environment for enhancing productivity.
He said that research efforts on developing new varieties of cotton with higher production potential, diverse and distinct characteristics must be geared up for meeting the future demands of cotton.
The President said negligible investment in the past few years has cost the country its technological edge in the basic textiles which it used to enjoy once over the neighbouring countries. We need to reverse this trend so as to regain our position, the President said.
He said that there was a wide variation in the yields of common and progressive farmers which needs to be filled in a short span to increase cotton production.
The President also said that a meeting of Governor State Bank with the representative of APTMA and the Ministry of Textile should also be held to work out plans for crop insurance.
He said that modern mapping technology can be effectively employed in the crop insurance and to offset the possibility of wrong claims.
Mr. Mohsin Aziz, Chairman APTMA, briefed the meeting on the prospects of increased export of textile products and also spelled out the problems being faced by the textile sector.
The President said that the Government was making all efforts to address power shortage issue of the textile industry. He said that the present challenges call for greater and active partnership of the private and the public sector so as to adopt consensus based policies and to overcome issues being faced by the country.
At the meeting a number of participants put forth their suggestions for overcoming the current challenges faced by the industry.
Those who were present during the meeting included Mr. Mohsin Aziz, Chairman APTMA, Mr. Gohar Ijaz Former Chairman, Mr. Ahsan Bashir, Chairman Punjab Zone, Sheikh Muhammad Akbar, Vice Chairman Centre, Mr. Yasin Siddique, Chairman Sindh/Balochistan Zones, Mr. Asif Inam, Chairman (Cotton Committee) and other executive members of APTMA.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Dr. Asim Hussain, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Syed Naveed Qamar, Rehman Malik, federal secretaries and other senior officials of the concerned departments were also present during the meeting.
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