Lahore: The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab Chairman Abdul Rahim Nasir has said that sustained supply of gas / RLNG has helped to maintain the momentum of enhanced exports as currently, the textile industry is working at full capacity.
He said exports orders for the next six months are booked and despite COVID pandemic the overall exports of Pakistan have registered a growth of more than 18 per cent in December 2020 compared to the corresponding period of the last year.
Earlier, in November 2020 the textile exports had up surged by 9 per cent as compared to November 2019, he added.
According to Rahim Nasir, textile sector is currently in the mode of rapid expansion to cater to increased orders and demands.
He said it is essential to sustain this momentum which is being facilitated by the upcoming Textile Policy.
He said there have been isolated cases of low pressure of gas and supply problems on mixed feeders and APTMA has taken up these issues with the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) management who have assured us of all-possible assistance to remove any bottlenecks.
In particular, he said, APTMA Northern Zone appreciates the role of Ministry of Petroleum and the management of SNGPL in ensuring that the export sectors are provided gas / RLNG at sustained pressures despite the huge surge in demand and diminished domestic production this winter.
He has further expressed the hope that Syed Ali Javaid Hamdani, the new Managing Director SNGPL, would personally ensure uninterrupted supply of gas at normal pressure to the export industry to enable it in creation of additional jobs, attracting new investment and uplifting exports of the country.