KARACHI: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, while speaking at a meeting of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association has said that the country’s textile industry has to comply with 27 Conventions signed by Pakistan’s government to cash in on GSP Plus status.
The Governor said that grant of the GSP Plus status came after massive lobbying and efforts. He said that the Prime Minister had sent him to the European countries for seeking their support at a crucial moment when Pakistan was facing fierce opposition in the EU. He said that he lobbied successfully enough and won their support. “Even eight delegates from France also voted in favour of Pakistan,” he added.
He said that it was now up to the country’s industry to get maximum benefit from the scheme.
Earlier, APTMA Chairman Yasin Siddik said that this preferential market access to the EU countries would be helpful in strengthening the country’s economy and the textile industry would be able to boost its exports to new markets and earn valuable foreign exchange.
He said that APTMA had undertaken a number of initiatives to keep the textile industry at par with global standards and expectations in respect of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, compliance, standards, conservation and best practices.