Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) SM Munir has said that the Sialkot exporters have been playing an instrumental role in strengthening and boosting national exports and economy. The TDAP will help and encourage the exporters at every level, enabling them to enhance national exports by ensuring easy access to world markets.

He stated this while addressing a meeting of Sialkot’s all main trade bodies held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here on Thursday.

SCCI President Fazal Jillani, SVP Mir Alamgir Meyer, Group Leader Riazud Din Sheikh, Chairman Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PGMEA) Muhammad Younas and Assistant Director TDAP Sialkot Ghazal Akbar were also present on the occasion.

Mr Munir revealed that TDAP would help Sialkot exporters promote exports of non-traditional export products globally, urging the exporters to focus on non-traditional export products. He stressed that non-traditional export could have a great potential, besides, paving the way for Sialkot exporters to explore and capture the new international trade markets.

He revealed that the TDAP would develop and promote export holistically, through focus, synergy, and with collective wisdom and consultation with its stakeholders. In addition to aggressive, innovative, and proactive marketing and promotional efforts, it would achieve the objective of rapid export growth through interaction and coordination with respective public and private-sector stakeholders, and enhancing value of products and services by broadening the export base of our products; enhancing capability and capacity of the supply base of goods and services; by fostering supportive export culture and facilitation; and by encouraging export oriented foreign investment and joint ventures.

TDAP would also help improve market access through advising the government on matters of trade diplomacy and promoting the “business” image of Pakistan in the key export markets for Pakistani products and services, the world over, he added.

Sialkot exporters urged the TDAP to evolve an effective direly needed mechanism for the “proper” use of the Export Development Fund (EDF), which was meant for the promotion and development of country’s export sector.

They told the visiting CE of TDAP that the Sialkot exporters deposit Rs450 million annually as Export Development Fund (EDF). Thus, they deserve for all the EDF-related incentives for promotion and enhancement in Sialkot exports. They pointed out that Sialkot’s export-oriented industries were being ignored regarding distribution of EDF due to the prolonged lacked mechanism.

Sialkot exporters also demanded a special package of trade relative incentives by TDAP especially the direly needed Research & Development funds for upgrading and modernizing the export-oriented industries of Sialkot.

Sialkot business community urged the government to make some effective and positive measures for ensuring the continuity of the government’s effective and positive economical, industrial and trade policies for strengthening the national economy and promotion of sustainable trade activities in the country.

The government’s encouragement and patronization was also vital for country’s business community which could also help business community in playing its pivotal role in pulling out the national economy from the stressful condition, besides, strengthening the national economy through increasing the exports.

Sialkot exporters urged the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to prepare an ultra modern advanced trade strategy for ensuring the maximum consumption of Sialkot made traditional and non-traditional export items in the international and world trade markets, following the global challenges of WTO.

They also urged Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to announce a special package of incentives for Sialkot business community, which is busy in earning the foreign exchange to the tune of $1.8 billion, annually.