Tuesday, July 15, 2014 –

Islamabad—A delegation of All Pakistan Textile Manufacturing Association (APTMA) called on Textile Minister Abbas Khan Afridi here Monday and discussed with him issues relating to textile sector. On the occasion Abbas Khan Afridi said that the textile industry is in fact the bread winner for the country and the government is trying its level best to facilitate the textile sector.

The government values revival of economy, therefore textile industry holds foremost importance, he said adding our commitment is clearly reflected in the budget incentives announced for the textile industry.

The delegation comprising of S.M Tanveer (chairman APTMA Punjab), Seth Akbar (vice chairman APTMA and Ali Ahsan (senior member APTMA) apprised the minister of the current prevailing situation.

They urged the minister to devise some way out for the ruining business at the hands of power outages. The delegation highlighted that in order to reap maximum benefits from GSP plus status, uninterrupted power supply is imperative. The Minister assured the delegation that in the month of Ramadan the loadshedding hours would be reduced to 8 hrs.

The Minister stated that he understands the problems faced by the textile units and that he would take up the issue with Prime Minister and Minister for water and power soon. The Minister admitted that no doubt the conditions are tough but he envisages a prosperous future for the country in general and textile industry in particular.—APP

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