Exports Hampered by lack of Skilled Labor

Pakistan’s garment industry has not been able to maximize its access to the European Union market due to a shortage of skilled manpower, said North Zone Chairman of Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Sheikh Mohammed.

As he said in a statement on Saturday, the government must work with the garment sector to identify areas where trained and skilled workers are needed to boost Pakistan\’s share of global exports.

The industry is being upgraded on modern lines and export volume is being enhanced in many areas,” he said. “There is a great deal of potential in the value-added garment industry in Sialkot, which is now producing 40% of the world’s garments.

After the continuation of GSP Plus status for another decade, Amin saw many opportunities for additional growth but was disappointed that no plan had been put in place to produce professionals who could be absorbed by the apparel sector. He expressed his appeal on behalf of the apparel industry.

According to the official, the industry was facing problems due to a lack of trained and skilled industrial workers. He said that after the revision of the law, youth would be able to work in a pleasant atmosphere and the threat of unemployment would be reduced.

Originally Published in Express Tribune