February 2, 2016
The signatories pose for a group photo at the signing ceremony
Islamabad; 02 February, 2016: In order to increase the production of high value-added textile products in Pakistan, a four year technical cooperation project titled "Skill Development and Market Diversification of Garment Industry" has been signed amongst Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Mr. Amir M. Khan Marwat, Ministry of Textile; Mr. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Economic Affairs Division, Mr. Rehan Naseem Bharara, Faisalabad Garment City Company (FGCC), Mr. Adil Butt, Chairman-Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (Executive Member Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Export Associations (PHMA)), Mr. Sohail Afzal Sheikh, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Readymade Garments Training Institute (Executive Member, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Export Associations (PREGMEA) on 2nd February, 2016 at Islamabad.
The Project contributes to addressing a crucial issue of enhancing the competitiveness of the garment industry to meet international requirements of "Quality, Cost and Delivery" by developing human resources, with a special emphasis on women, who would be equipped with basic production practices of productivity and quality improvement, which would form the basis of market diversification.
Pakistan has an international standing in textile sector, as it is the 4th largest producer of cotton and 3rd largest consumers of cotton. In addition, Pakistan is 2nd largest cotton yarn exporter and 3rd largest cotton cloth manufacturer and exporter. Yet Pakistan is 15th in terms of international trade of the said sector, which means the advantage is lost significantly in low value added semi-manufactured exports to the other competitor countries for conversion into garments. The export performance of textile sector has been showing moderate growth, however still full potential has not been explored specially in garments.
The vision of Textile Policy 2014-19 is to become a leading country in the field of export of value-added textile products. The key objective of value addition or double the exports would not be possible until and unless skilled human resource is developed especially in garment industry along with information on market and product diversification.
Therefore, Ministry of Textile Industry (MINTEX) requested to Government of Japan (GOJ) for initiating the technical support, which contribute to make available skilled human resources to convert semi processed raw material into value added products, and to increase value addition in terms of per unit value and ultimately exports.
The contribution of JICA for development of textile industry has laudable history which includes the assistance for the up-gradation of National Textile University, Faisalabad whereby hard and soft form of assistance was extended and today, the same university is considered as a backbone of textile industry in Pakistan.