(Karachi P.R. 11th January, 2017) Mr. Zubair F. Tufail, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry highly appreciated and acknowledged the services of Mr. S. M. Muneer Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) for playing instrumental role in the package as announced by Prime Minister for exporters. He indicated that this package will provide relief to the exporters and boost the exports of Pakistan which are continuously showing a declining trend for the last three years.
The President FPCCI hoped that the package would help to achieve the objective of export-led growth and will revive the industries of Pakistan particularly the textile industries which was highly affected due to international recession, regional competitiveness and high cost of doing business. He added that under the package, sales tax and customs duty on the import of textile machinery, cotton and man-made fibres are abolished. Moreover, the new duty drawback rates was decided for textile garments (7%); textile made-ups (6%); processed fabric (5%); yarn and grey fabric (4%); while sports goods, leather and footwear will be taxed at 7%, he added. He expected that the incentives and support to exporters would definitely address the challenges being faced by exporters on a sustainable basis and have met the long aspirations of the industry.
Mr. Zubair Tufail also appreciated Mr. S. M. Muneer for his efforts making TDAP a corporate and corruption-free entity and it is expected that the exports of Pakistan will increase manifold in 2017 and 2018. He added that it is the right time that the Prime Minister has announced the special package for exporters which will also helpful in availing the optimum benefits of GSP plus from EU, increase in exports, reduction in unemployment rate etc. He further added that the export package coupled with CPEC and reduction of power shortage will put Pakistan on the road of progress and prosperity.
He also hailed the efforts of Chief Executive TDAP for using his good offices, supporting and helping the business community of Pakistan in getting the long outstanding refunds to exporters, declaring zero rated status to five exports sector and curtailing load shedding electricity and gas for industries etc. He indicated that now it is the responsibility of businessmen to utilize and get the maximum benefits from the incentives for enhancing their exports.
Maher Alam Khan
Acting Secretary General