KARACHI - Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has demanded the US administration to allow Pakistani textile goods duty free access to US markets thus opening the doors on Pakistani traders for trade instead of giving aid. Chairman PRGMEA Mohsin Ayub Mirza expressed these views while speaking at the certificate awarding ceremony to 129 successful youth trained under a joint project of PRGMEA and USAID at a local hotel on Monday. Mohsin said that due to war-on-terror, Pakistan is passing through tough economic conditions, which is further giving, rise to poverty and frustration amongst the youth. We should jointly wage a war against poverty, illiteracy, joblessness and corruption, which would eventually results into war against terror. He said we are thankful to USAID and the US government for this excellent and insightful project for Pakistani textile workers which is geared towards the skill development, job creation and basically letting our youth as well as the country on the whole, learn how to earn a respectable livelihood and be more efficient in our trade and manufacturing sectors, instead of depending on the foreign aids and loans forever. However, he said that the impact of this programme can be enhanced drastically, and the visibility of US as a friend of Pakistan can vastly be improved, if it is supplemented with the correctly designed demand side measures by allowing the Pakistani goods in US markets. Speaking on the occasion Motiwala said that Pakistan is being discriminated by US against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Jordan as despite being major ally in war against terrorism we have not been given the preferential custom tariff by USA. He said that all the ills in Pakistan are because of empty-stomach and jobless people. We need to support textile sector that provides job to big number of people. He said US must realise that people in Pakistan are real concerned especially the business community for being able to get the preferred market access by its ally USA. Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh Zubair Motiwala awarded the certificates to youths who had successfully completed their trainings in garments/apparel sector under a pilot project of five months duration. He congratulated the trainees for successfully completing their trainings and emphasised the importance of such training programmes and encouraged all stakeholders, belonging to the textile sector to support such projects.