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Gov’t to impart modern training to woodworkers to boost export: Governor Punjab


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Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar Tuesday said the government will provide high tech training to woodworkers at par with international standard to fully exploit export of Pak-made furniture by offering a variety of top-class innovative designing to attract the foreign buyers.

Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar told this while visiting the headquarters of Pakistan Furniture Council today. PFC Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq welcomed him.

Ch Sarwar said the government will provide free of cost technical expertise for the training of woodworkers across the province on the recommendation of PFC and in this regard, TEVTA and other concerned institutions would be given directions to adopt training courses to meet the demands of the latest designing in the furniture sector.

PFC has done a lot to promote interior designers and furniture manufacturers from all over Pakistan, both nationally and internationally,” he concluded.

He also urged the businessmen to work extensively to promote the local industry in Pakistan. He added that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government aims to establish strong liaison with this particular sector for a thorough understanding of the market conditions and requirements of the industry. He termed his interaction ‘imperative’ to determine how industries are faring and to research how they can be better supported through government support?

The Governor Punjab further said Pakistan was moving forward in a better position to attract investment and it was highly appreciable that PFC was exerting full force to create opportunities for foreign investment in the country by creating business-to-business contacts with foreign furniture producers.

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On this occasion, PFC Chief Mian Kashif Ashfaq briefed the Governor Punjab about steps PFC is taking to boost exports besides encouraging young entrepreneurs to run a business successfully by holding national mega Interiors Pakistan exhibitions one each at Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi.

PFC Chief said to increase the country’s furniture exports, the manufacturers need to be offered a tax and credit package of incentives for acquiring new technologies and to grow big enough to sustain global competition from their rivals in the international market. He said the expensive imported raw materials and energy costs were one of the major hurdles for furniture manufacturers to compete with much cheaper imports from China and India.

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PFC Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq thanked the governor for assurance to support the furniture sector at the government level. PFC has done a lot to promote interior designers and furniture manufacturers from all over Pakistan, both nationally and internationally,” he concluded.