PAKISTAN's exporters face several problems. Some of them are their own fault, some the government's, and some can be attributed to the international markets. The exporters and the government can blame each other for missing export targets and also blame the international markets, but out of the three, it is the international market that does not play the blame game. It is silent, lethal and driven only by cold business sense; it does not owe anyone anything and will operate on its own terms. It is those very terms in these days of the recession that have even affected countries that seemed to have an exemplary export policy, like China, for instance. If the Great Chinese Export Machine can be antsy in these seas, our sluggish seths can not be expected to do well. The government has set an export growth target of 6 percent for the current fiscal. And it does not stop there. Having prepared a medium-term Strategic Trade Policy Framework, the government has also set the next year's growth target and the one for the year after that; 10 percent and 13 percent respectively. That is all very ambitious and already has a lot of cynics voicing doubts. These doubts are not all too unfounded. But, for whatever it is worth, the government has made at least some exporters happy, even if they're not too sure about the targets. For instance, the light engineering goods sector is happy that a Rs. 2.5 billion fund will be set up for product development and marketing for the said sector. The aquaculture industry, which has a huge export potential is happy with the importance it has been given, especially the inland freight subsidy of up to 25 percent. Pharmaceuticals, jewellery, handicrafts, auto parts, electric fans, cutlery, sports and footwear goods also figured well in the policy. The where-its-at of Pakistani exports is the textile sector. But the trade report did not include the sector. It is now a ministry unto itself; it is the job of Rana Muhammad Farooq and his boys at the Textile Ministry to present the first ever textile policy. The wisdom of this bifurcation might be questioned by some, but it certainly is welcomed by those in the non-textile sector. who felt they were being marginalised by their huge textile cousins. We really do need to diversify ourselves out of textile dependency for exports. There are other sectors that could shield us from the fluctuations of the cotton crop patterns and global trends in this one sector.