The Imran Khan’s Government is serious enough in resolving the issues to enhance exports. Textile being the largest contributed in exports has been badly hit by the policies of last two Governments. The new Government is undertaking efforts to revive textile sector through multi prong steps offering out of box solutions to facilitate textile sector.
Different trade bodies are finalizing their input to help the government forming a sustainable policy to turn the table. The Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry FPCCI is also working on the issue. The FPCCI research department has pointed out issues faced by the textile industry. The top most among them are very high cost of doing business and a plethora of about 11% taxes and surcharges.
The research department has prepared a comprehensive paper defining the issues and problems being faced by the textile export sector. The export advisory committee of the FPCCI has also contributed in writing the paper. The main issues faced by the textile industry include reduced production of cotton bales, high costs of raw materials, utilities and the overall global economic recession. The poor implementation of Textile package etc.
The report provides a comparison among the other textile exporting countries where the Bangladesh set target to achieve textile exports US$ 60 billion, India set target to increase U$30 billion. These are the main competitors of Pakistan. The exports of Pakistan has already decreased from from US$25 billion to US$20 billion. The share of textile is about 61% being the largest chunk of export of the country.
The textile sector share in total global exports is 36% of China, 12.4% of Vietnam and only 7% of Pakistan. Total of all three being the 50% of the global textile market. This is an alarming situation for an agricultural country like Pakistan.
A 50% reduction in utilities for export industry has already been announced. The regular gas supply stand assured and long standing issue of sales tax and other refunds has also been addressed by proposing issuing of negotiable bonds. This will provide a little relief to industry in providing liquidity by way of discounting the bonds through banking channel.
The Government is aware of the situation and looking for remedial measures to reverse the trend at fast track. Allowing some concessions to textile sector and easing out the doing of business at appropriate cost is a concern on which measures are being taken. But still a lot is to be done to undo the damage already done.