Bernard Francois, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan, told a committee, during a meeting organised by the EU-funded Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP), under the European Union’s Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme, that Pakistan needs to change the structure of its exports to include more value-added products in order to compete with China.

Usman H Malik, PLCIP Project Director, told the participants that main developments in the leather sector included improving productivity, shop floor management, export diversification and new market access. “The assistance of the PLCIP would go a long way in providing technical training and know-how to the Pakistani leather exporters to address the challenging needs of the international market,” he said.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Pakistan Tanners Association, Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Pakistan Footwear Association and Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design, Government Institute of Leather Technology, National Institute of Leather Technology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Leather Product Development Institute. They all highlighted different issues and challenges being faced by the manufacturers in general, and requested the EU for further assistance.

Source: Daily Times