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Prospects For The Textile and Clothing Industry in Pakistan, May 2015

Prospects For The Textile and Clothing Industry in Pakistan, May 2015

The textile and clothing industry in Pakistan constitutes the country's most important industrial activity by far and fulfils a crucial economic role. The industry is a major source of employment and is a major contributor to Pakistan's gross domestic product (GDP), exports and foreign exchange earnings. The industry is diverse and broadly based but most of its focus is directed towards the production and processing of products made from cotton. The industry has experienced a significant number of setbacks over recent decades -- mainly as a result of political unrest and economic difficulties. It has operated with inefficient units, antiquated manufacturing machinery and disruptions to its energy supplies, which have had a particularly adverse effect on its output. Also, the industry faces an increasing number of competitive threats from the textile and clothing industries in other Asian countries. On the positive side, however, the industry stands to benefit from duty-free access to European markets following the granting of GSP+ status by the EU. In recognition of the urgent need to update the industry, the Pakistani government has given support to the Balancing, Modernisation and Replacement (BMR) programme, through which obsolete machinery is being replaced with the latest manufacturing equipment. Also, in a document entitled Textiles Policy 2014-19, the Ministry of Textile Industry has outlined a number of key objectives for the five years to the end of the 2018/19 financial year -- including substantial new investment, an emphasis on products with higher added value, and a new focus on developing a skilled workforce. Furthermore, the Pakistani government is developing incentives to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) to the textile and clothing industry in Pakistan.


  • SUMMARY
  • IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF PAKISTAN
  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN PAKISTAN
    • Setbacks and challenges
    • Balancing, Modernisation and Replacement (BMR) Programme
  • PAKISTAN: GEOGRAPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PROFILE
    • Geographical profile
    • Political profile
      • Table Pakistan: political and economic profile, 2015
    • Economic profile
      • Table Pakistan: economic indicators, 2011/12-2013/14
  • PAKISTAN: INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Transportation
      • Roads
    • Railways
    • Airports
    • Seaports and shipping
    • Telecommunications
  • PAKISTAN: HUMAN RESOURCES
  • SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN PAKISTAN
    • Table Pakistan: number of composite textile millsa, 2007/08-2013/14
    • Table Pakistan: installed spinning and weaving capacity in the mill sector, 2007/08-2013/14 ('000)
  • PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
    • Table Pakistan: yarn and cotton fabric production in the mill sector, 2007/08-2013/14
    • Table Pakistan: production of cotton fabric by type in the mill sector, 2007/08-2013/14 ('000 m2)
  • PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS
    • Table Pakistan: textile and clothing exports, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ bn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of raw cotton, cotton yarn and cotton fabric in value and volume, 2007/08-2013/14
    • Table Pakistan: clothing exports by type, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of towels and bedweara, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of cotton yarn by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of cotton fabric by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of cotton denim fabrics by leading destination, 2011/12 and 2012/13
    • Table Pakistan: exports of ready made garments by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of knitwear by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of towels by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: exports of bedwear by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (US$ mn)
  • PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
    • Table Pakistan: textile and clothing imports, 2007/08-2013/14
    • Table Pakistan: textile and clothing imports by type, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (US$ mn)
    • Table Pakistan: imports of textile machinery, 2007/08-2013/14
  • PAKISTAN: FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) IN THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
    • Table Pakistan: foreign investment in the textile and clothing industry, 2007/08-2012/13
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN PAKISTAN: GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
    • Government policies
    • Textiles policy 2014-19
    • Investment incentives
    • Investment protection
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN PAKISTAN: STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Opportunities
    • Threats

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