Services To Be Provided By International Agreement To Pakistan’s Textile Sector

LAHORE – Joris Oldenziel, the executive director of the International Accord on Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Sector, gave free services to Pakistan’s textile industry on Tuesday.

The local suppliers do not pay any money to take part in the Accord initiative. According to him, the multinational brands and buyers pay a price to the Accord.

In addition to Ms. Veronique Cremer, Head of Policy and Advocacy, and Zulfiqar Shah, consultant for International Accord, he was leading a team to the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA).

According to Oldenziel, the purpose of the Accord is to guarantee that employees may work in a secure setting free from worries about accidents involving buildings and other workplace safety issues.

Hamid Zaman, the association’s chairman for the northern zone, stated that all APTMA member mills were fully compliant business entities and that both foreign and domestic agencies closely monitored industry performance. According to him, Pakistan’s textile industry complies entirely with national and international sustainability standards like SA 8000, Oeko Tex made for green, Step, etc.

In addition to making sure that the 27 GSP conventions are followed, he continued, the textile mills were also helping to execute the Sustainable Development Goals and maintaining status in regards to social, gender, environmental, and other factors.

In light of the current global energy crisis, he claimed that the industry was developing an action plan to invest in pollution-control technologies and move away from fossil fuels.

Vice Chairman Asad Shafi thanked the visiting group and stated that the textile sector planned to build 1000 garment factories to boost textile and clothing exports to US$50 billion. The project would cost US$7 billion in total over the following four years, increasing exports by $20 billion yearly and employing well over 1.5 million people.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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