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Textile Outlook International
Issue 142:
November 2009

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Editorial: Instability and Social Unrest Could Undermine Growth in Garment Sourcing from Low Cost Asian Countries (4 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, November 2009 (32 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2010/11 (11 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan (48 pages)
World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 3--Knitted Fabric Manufacture (29 pages)
Strategies of Online Clothing Retailers: Gap, Asos, Yoox, Marks & Spencer (M&S), Future Bazaar and Bivolino

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Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan

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The textile and garment industry is Pakistan’s most important industrial activity by far and is a crucial part of the country’s economy. In the 2007/08 financial year (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008) the industry accounted for around 8.2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Also, it exported goods valued at US$10.6 bn, which represented 55% of national exports. In addition, it provided employment for 2.84 mn people, representing 40% of the manufacturing workforce. Pakistan is also the world’s fourth largest cotton producer, and cotton has played a principal role in the expansion of the textile and garment industry. However, man-made fibres are playing a growing role.

The government recognises the importance of the textile and garment industry to the country’s economic wellbeing and has given support in a number of ways. One measure is the Balancing, Modernisation and Replacement (BMR) programme under which finance is provided at a concessionary rate. Also, the industry is lobbying for the resumption of a scheme to support research and development. The scheme was withdrawn in 2008 because of suspicions that allocated funds were being misused.

Looking ahead, the textile and garment industry faces a number of serious issues and is operating under difficult circumstances which seem certain to persist. Foreign confidence and investment, especially compared with other Asian locations, have been undermined by the volatile political scene—as Pakistan’s government has alternated unpredictably between military and civilian rule—along with continuing threats of terrorism. Trade has been adversely affected by the global economic downturn, as demand has declined in the country’s major export markets, and production is often disrupted because of the unreliability and inadequacy of the country’s electrical power supply system. Above all, there is an urgent need to upgrade the industry’s manufacturing equipment and organise production in order to gain the economies of scale achieved by international competitors.

Table of Contents
Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan
  • Summary
  • Importance of the Textile and Garment Industry to the Economy of Pakistan
  • Development of the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan
  • Pakistan: Geographical, Political and Economic Profile
  • Pakistan: Infrastructure
  • Pakistan: Human Resources
  • Size and Structure of the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan
  • Textile and Garment Production in Pakistan
  • Production Technology and Machinery in Pakistan’s Textile and Garment Industry
  • Pakistan’s Textile and Garment Exports and Imports
  • Textiles and Garments in Pakistan: Foreign Investment, Government Policies and Foreign Investment Incentives
  • The Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

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 country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
 company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
 trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
 trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
 innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
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