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Coronavirus
LOW Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
28,767
624hr
Pakistan Cases
1,286,825
37224hr
0.82% positivity
Sindh
476,674
Punjab
443,453
Balochistan
33,506
Islamabad
107,887
KPK
180,316

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has underscored the need for a long-term textile policy, continuation of Regionally Competitive energy Tariffs (RCETs) and supply of gas/RLNG for increased investment and enhancement of production and export capacity. The APTMA suggestions for the government are pertinent and valid.

According to APTMA, export-led economic growth is the only viable and sustainable solution to steer the country towards a bright future. In recent years, a number of countries such as China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam have experienced rapid growth across a number of export industries. Unfortunately, however, successive governments have not recognised the importance of export-led economic growth.

Last but not least, a noted industrialist in his op-ed carried by the newspaper has raised a key question about government’s highly questionable approach to export-oriented sectors. He has asked: “Where are billions of dollars collected as EDS [Export Development Surcharge]?” The government owes him an answer.

Naqi Zafar (Karachi)

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