SIALKOT: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced to provide the technical assistance, guidance and necessary training for helping the local leather and gloves manufacturers and exporters to promote the Cleaner Production (CP) Technologies in leather and gloves industries of Sialkot , besides, modernizing these industries through the advancement in technologies.
The UNIDO Evaluation Team’s leader Ms. Margareta de Goys stated this while addressing an important meeting of the leading manufacturers and exporters of leather, leather garments and gloves held at Cleaner Production Center (CPC) here Wednesday under the auspices of Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers Association (PGMEA). Chairman PGMEA Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed chaired the meeting. UNIDO officials Mr. Javier Guarnizo, Mr. Andreas Tarnutzer and Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khan were present on this occasion.
Ms. Margareta de Goys told the meeting that UNIDO’s special evaluation team visited various industrial units here to evaluate the problems of the leather and gloves industries and she pledged that the UNIDO will extend helping hand and provide all the technical assistance, guidance and necessary training for helping leather and gloves industries to boom up.
She narrated that it was heartening to know that the industrialists of Sialkot are very supportive, encouraged and enthusiastic towards their national responsibilities.
UNIDO will keep on assisting the industries to achieve the milestone for sustainable industrial development in Pakistan, she announced.
She revealed that UNIDO had offered its technical assistance and expertise to strengthen the leather industry of export-oriented Sialkot for providing trained manpower capable of meeting the international market demands and quality certifications. The UNIDO had initiated a development project for this purpose having three components including provision of latest training machinery for garmenting technology to Leather Product Development Institute (LPDI) Sialkot, practical training on garmenting and study tour abroad for hands-on knowledge on this technical area.
During the meeting, the UNIDO Evaluation Team’s officials said that the Sialkot’s both leather and gloves industries were in dire need of technology advancement and trained and skilled manpower. They sought active cooperation and assistance of UNIDO, in this regard.
They said that Sialkot is a model for industrial activities in Pakistan and the success must be attributed to the industrialists who are courageous to establish industries and expand the industrial activities on one hand and also developing the city of Sialkot on the other hand considering it their responsibility towards the country.
They added that the scenario encourages the people of Sialkot. It is evident that this sector has huge potential for further development and only Sialkot could double its leather exports within a few years provided that basic requirements for development are available to them.
They narrated that Sialkot had been the limelight of industrial activities in Pakistan. The tributes go to the industrialists in Sialkot who were courageous to expand the industrial activities and also develop the Sialkot city considering it their responsibility towards the country. They said that the leather sector is one of the main foreign exchange earnings and export oriented business in Pakistan of which Sialkot had been recognized as a hub for leather products manufacturing.
They added that it was evident that this sector has huge potential for further development and Sialkot could double its leather exports within few years provided that basic requirements for development were available in this industrial city. They said that willingness of industrialists to expand and develop their businesses, training facilities and trained manpower for latest technologies and market trends, effective marketing strategies and knowledge of industrial developments elsewhere in the world were the basic ingredients of industrial development, besides, the hardware and technologies of industry.
Chairman PGMEA Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed told the UNIDO officials that the Sialkot based exporters had learnt the advanced leather and leather goods manufacturing technology from Turkish exporters and manufacturers while visiting the several leather and leather goods manufacturing factories in Turkey, besides, sharing their mutual experiences and observations under the supervision of UNIDO, in this regard.