Textile Industry exports to be raised to $26 billion in 5 years 2015
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi on Monday said the country’s exports of textile sector would be raised from current volume of US$ 13 billion to $26 billion per year in five years.
Announcing the new textile policy 2014-19 in a press briefing here, the minister said the government would shift focus from exporting raw material to value added products as this approach would not only boost the economy but also help create millions of new employment opportunities.
“For increasing value-added products in the country, along with other measures, the government would also provide training to 120,000 people who will get a handsome stipend during their training period”, he added.
The minister said for textile policy 2014-19 which was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) on Monday, an amount of Rs Rs 64.15 billion was proposed for next five years against the allocation of Rs 188 billion for the last textile policy 2009-14.
The finance division will provide Rs 40.6 billion, whereas the remaining Rs 23.5 billion will be financed through Planning Commission and Textile Development Fund.
He said only Rs 25 billion out of its total allocation of Rs 188 billion were released during the last five years but now the government was committed to utilize the full allocation.
He said the volume of exports would be enhanced by $2 billion every year which would help create 5 million more employment opportunities in the textile sector.
Afridi said the Ministry of Textile Industry would encourage setting up Pak Cotton brand, fashion labels and brands abroad to increase exports as brand development requires long term financial commitment.
The ministry would develop a scheme similar to LTFF with State Bank of Pakistan in which loans may be made available at same policy rates available in LTFF scheme, the minister said.
He said Textile policy 2014-2019 envisages Pakistan as a leading value- added textile exporting country. Textile industry is an important manufacturing sector and has completed production chain with inherent potential for value addition at all stages of processing.
Secretary textile industry Amir Marwat apprised on the occasion that textile policy 2014-2019 aims at doubling value addition from $ 1 billion per million bales to $2 billion per million bales in next five years, double textile exports from $13 billion to $ 26 billion, facilitate investment of additional $5 billion in machinery and technology, improve fiber mix in favour of non-cotton i.e from 14% to 30%, improve product mix especially in garment sector from 28% to 45%, promote use of ICT , development and strengthening of clusters.