Abdul Razaq Dawood—the Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Industrial Production and Investment said that the government was adopting and taking all probable steps for promoting Pakistan made products both locally and internationally. He further added that special incentive packages would be spent on strengthening Pakistan made furniture for boosting exports.
The advisor was speaking at the 3-day international exhibition—Interiors Pakistan at Expo Centre, organised by the Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC).
The advisor said that the good thing is that owing to the timely policies of the government, the economy of the nation would go towards betterment in the coming months as the Pakistani products are being exported. He further said that with this exhibition people would learn to know the quality and design of the products made in Pakistan.
He added that the industry workers have got great potential and if used properly, Pakistan could become the best exporter of furniture. He also said that by developing the furniture industry, it would be easier to meet the needs both locally and internationally.
On the occasion, the PFC Chief Executive—Mian Kashif Ashfaq expressed his thankfulness to the advisor for visiting the exhibition as chief guest. He also gave assurance to the advisor of the support of the business community to government in implementing reforms for overcoming the economic challenges.
He said that new policies are needed for protecting the furniture sector so that the industry could grow in the right way. He added that presently they cannot compete with the Chinese market due to the prices, which differs largely owing to the availability of skilled labour.
The PFC chief said that the furniture made in Chiniot meets more than 80pc of the local demands. Along with, the handicraft industry, a total of 50,000people are employed, if the local industry expands then new employment opportunities would emerge.