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PRGMEA urges government to facilitate visas for exporters


The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) hasurged the government to facilitate visas for exporters to enable them to meet foreign buyers to discuss business plan and place export order.

SohailShiekh, Central Chairman, PRGMEA, said as the whole Europe is opening and business activity has restarted after a long gap of lockdowns, buyers are insisting exporters visit them as early as possible for one-on-one meetings to chalk out the future business plans and place orders for upcoming Christmas season.

IjazChief Coordinator IjazKhokhar observed that the critical problem the business community is facing now is the issuance of EU countries’ visa because all the embassies have closed down their visa offices.

He said that export proceeds to the EU’s 27 member countries amounted to $7.47 billion during the July-April period. Hence, the government should focus on promoting economic diplomacy to sustain this rising trend of exports to EU countries, besides attracting foreign investment as part of the efforts to make Pakistan economically secure.

Other than that, more gender employment will also be generated when the apparel industry, which is now running on just a single shift, would be moved to double shift to fulfill these new orders, he argued.