The technological growth and
development of our nation depends largely on the development of skills
By AMANULLAH BASHAR
June 10 - 16, 2002
Despite the difficult conditions faced by the
exporters of various products from Pakistan, the bedwear sector in
Pakistan has shown outstanding performance during the current
financial year adding handsomely to the total exports of the country.
The bedwear exports during the previous financial
year were estimated at $650 million. However, the last year's figures
were surpassed by a big margin as the total exports of bedwear during
the current year are estimated around $900 million.
The factors which were instrumental for outstanding
export performance in the bedwear exports this year, Shabir Ahmed,
Chairman of Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association outlined in an
The incentives given by the EU countries which
including 15 per cent increase in quota of bedwear, exemption from 10
per cent duty plus waiver of 6.5 per cent anti-dumping duty on
Pakistani bedwears altogether helped promoting bedwear exports from
While anti-dumping duty was removed from Pakistani
products, the same duty was imposed on bedwear imports from India.
This also gave an edge to Pakistani exporters over the Indian products
in the bedwear sector.
Shabir said that the quality, design and color
schemes of Pakistani bedwears are matching to the demand of the
international market hence it has carved a respectful place in the
He said that the actual export target for the
current financial year was set at US dollar one billion and we were
sure to comfortably hit the target, however the tense situation
between India and Pakistan disturbed the plain sailing.
He however said with a great amount of confidence
in his tone that this sector may surpass the one billion-dollar mark
Shabir said that the bedwear sector due to its
quality products has the potential to go far ahead of the current
bench mark of US Dollar one billion next year provided the desirable
working conditions are provided at the home front.
For example, he said that the exporters face great
hardships due to liquidity crunch on account of delayed payments of
Sales Tax Refunds. He said billion of rupees on account of Sales Tax
refunds are stuck up with the Central Board of Revenue causing
cash-flow problems for the exporters. Another area as he identified
was the high rates of export refinancing in Pakistan. Although the
State Bank of Pakistan has curtailed the financial charges on export
refinance and has brought it down to the extent of 7 per cent. However
the existing rates are still much higher as compared to other
countries. He said that export refinance is generally available at 2-3
per cent elsewhere in the world while here the exporters have no
option but to pay more. The higher rate of export refinancing
certainly curtails the competitiveness of the exporters from Pakistan.
Replying to a question, Shabir said that the
increase in exports has been achieved in the EU countries, while the
export figures to the US are almost static to the figures of the last
year. The US has not yet given any sort of incentives to the bedwear
sector so far.
Another significant development was the joint
venture agreement between France and Pakistan in the bedwear sector.
It was the very first Pak-French joint venture in the textile sector,
which is the backbone of Pakistan economy. This joint venture has been
taken place between Nash International from Pakistan and Duquennoy el
Lepers from France. The two partners have also put a joint stand at
HEIMTEXTIL Exhibition at Frankfurt. As a result of this joint venture
now Pak-French brand of bed linen will be available all over the world
which of course is a big achievement on the part of bedwear sector in
The bedwear sector in order to improve the quality
of the products in accordance to the demand of the international
market, Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association has established
designing and training institute to ensure advancement in this sector.
Shabir said "there have been tremendous
advances in all the technological fields, modern computerized
designing techniques in textile technology have also revolutionized
offering a whole new dimension in the variety, efficiency and accuracy
of designing." The technological growth and development of our
nation depends largely on the development of skills, expertise of
human resources that may generate spirit of competency essential at
this stage. In this respect "Pakistan Bedwear Designing &
Training Institute" is providing professional education to the
youth and particularly to those who have the pre-requisite talent but
can not avail the opportunity owing to financial constraints. In order
to provide quality education, Bedwear Institute includes qualified and
dynamic individuals holding qualifications from Universities of repute
from all over the world.