We must strive to increase our exports of textiles to over $14 billion by 2005," says Aslam Ahmed Karsaz, central chairman of the PHMA. He
says: "We have to gear up for 2005 to survive in the global market against stiff competition from China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Turkey etc.Our entrepreneurs must be ready to take bold and protective steps to modernize the industry, quality upgrading and strict quality control to meet the stringent demands of the foreign buyers."
The government should provide a stable macro-economic environment."Huge amount of exporters' liquidity is blocked in the sales tax; duty drawback rates have been drastically reduced; government agencies harass the exporters for which it is important that federal/provincial/local government taxes be consolidated and collected at one source.Infrastructure such as power, water and good road network is provided to the industry," Mr Karsaz
Shabir Ahmed, chairman of the Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association
, suggests that the government should bear 50 per cent cost for meeting social compliances and other conditions imposed by EU member states and the US.He
also wants the government to pressurize the EU and the US to waive the anti-dumping duty on bedlinen.