Industrialists demand opening of textile downstream industries

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By Abdul Rafay Siddiqi

KARACHI: President SITE Association of Industry, Suleman Chawla has demanded the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to restore the activities of textile sector including downstream industries and entire value chain. He has demanded to take immediate steps to avert severe economic crisis and disaster of industries.

In a statement, Suleman Chawla said that textile industry is the backbone of national economy, having major share in total exports of the country. Therefore, there is need to take effective steps to make the industry stand on its own feet.

Chawla further said that the business community has backed every decision of the Sindh Government in the national interest to fight the corona pandemic. They kept their industries closed for almost two months. Now the government is allowing them to re-open subject to following of SOPs.

However, there is need to open downstream industries and entire value-chain of textile sector as all are inter-connected.

“Government has allowed opening of export industries only. Until & unless all downstream industries are opened, opening of export industries will not benefit much”, he remarked.

Suleman Chawla demanded the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to order restoration of entire textile sector including downstream industries otherwise industrial production will suffer and the industries will not be able to stand on its feet.

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