SIALKOT

The exporters of Sialkot are the ambassadors of Pakistan as they travel across the world to fetch business with their personal efforts, while the export earnings of Sialkot stand at US $1.5 billion annual, which is six percent of the total exports of Pakistan, said a businessmen’s leader.

Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dr Sarfraz Bashir talking to newsmen added that the Sialkot exporters had been earning precious foreign exchange to the tune of US $ 1.5 billion annually besides playing a pivotal role in strengthening the national economy and boosting the national exports.

He said that export-oriented Sialkot city was following Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan and other countries in development of small and medium enterprises as the SMEs have been producing only export items and enjoying special status in the international market for its products. The government and other financial institutions are lending support to the exports who are foreseeing growth of exports and development of SMEs at a fast pace in Sialkot, he said.

Bashir revealed that Sialkot was the only export-oriented city of Pakistan, where 99 percent industrial production is meant for exports. The products including sports goods, surgical instruments, leather products, textile items, martial arts uniforms & accessories, musical instruments, knives & cutlery items and military uniform badges etc, are exported to all parts of the world, he explained. He said that Sialkot made footballs, hockey sticks, cricket gears and sports wears are used in Olympics, world cups, Asian games and other international events.

He added that the surgical instruments were being imported by most of the developed countries from Pakistan for re-export purposes under their own  brand names, while, in leather garments, leather gloves and textile sports  wears, the exporters are competing with other countries.

On the occasion, SCCI Senior Vice President Muhammad Anwar highly praised the export culture of Sialkot. He said that Sialkot businessmen have better awareness about the industrial set-up and socio-economic development.

He said that time was ripe for local and foreign investors to see Pakistan with fresh eyes. He added that globalisation had brought countries closerand trade and other barriers were being removed for improving trade. Undoubtedly, development of the world lied in a vibrant and vigorous economic relations which could alleviate poverty and create employment, he narrated.