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Textile sector collapsing slowly: Shahid Butt

Islamabad: Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Sunday said textile sector which is the backbone of the economy is slowly collapsing, therefore, the government should take note of the plight of this sector.

Weak trade diplomacy and semi-educated export managers proved to be a double whammy for the export sector which was already reeling under various problems, Shahid Rasheed Butt said in a statement issued here Sunday.

He said failed trade diplomacy is one of the reasons behind dwindling exports which has forced the government to borrow from international lenders repeatedly to save the country from default, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

He said that fundamental changes should be introduced in the export sector otherwise the government will have no option to borrow to keep forex reserves within respectable limits.He said textile sector, the backbone of the economy is going down for which incompetent export managers who were appointed on political considerations are responsible for the current dismal situation, he added.

He said that exports of the other countries are going well but local authorities get comfort in blaming the global recession. Shahid Rasheed said that Rs 14 billion textile sector holds 57 percent share in exports, 46 percent in manufacturing, 38 percent in labour and nine percent share in GDP which was left at the mercy of the incompetent officials who prefer to spend most of their time abroad.

He said that textile sector continues to await refund claims worth billion rupees which has compromised its ability which is a great threat to 3.5 million people linked to it. Other countries stabilise their forex reserves through exports while Pakistan is forced to beg for it which required radical changes in the export sector plagued by nepotism, he said.

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