High powered leather delegation leaves for India

KARACHI: A high powered delegation, led by Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association Gulzar Firoz having representatives of all stakeholders of leather sector of Pakistan, on Monday left for the “Study Tour to India” duly sponsored by PITCO under Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Program of EU with the significant purpose for finalising the establishment of Leather Export Promotion Council in Pakistan (LEPCO).

The 15 members delegation is comprising representatives of PTA, Mohammad Musaddiq, S Anjum Zafar, from PLGMEA, Zulfiqar Hayat, Chairman, Rashid Rizwan from PGMEA, Sadat Ali Khan, Chairman, from PITCO, Usman H. Malik, Project Director, Mohammad Hameed, Mohammad Atif as well as two representatives from Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of Pakistan, M. Ashraf, Joint Secretary and Serein Asad, Section Officer.

The delegation to India is the follow up for the announcement of Leather Export Promotion Council (LEPCO) in Pakistan already made by the Federal Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan made during inaugural ceremony of 2nd Pakistan Mega Leather Show held in Lahore recently.

The supreme motive for the delegation is to make more close coordination with Council of Leather Export (CLE) in India, which is the similar autonomous body in India for leather industry to ascertain the tested effective tools as adopted by them at the time of finalization of their council in India and are operating in the leather council successfully with other information and features to facilitate and enable to make council in Pakistan with the same motive to achieve the desired goals for the promotion of country’s export in Pakistan as per aspiration of the Government of Pakistan.

The delegation would also attend the 19th Int’l Footwear Congress to be held from 3-5th Feb. 2016, wherein around 20 countries representative participating and to attend the India Int’l Leather Fair to be held from 1-3rd February, 2016 at Chennai, India while necessary meetings in MOC India for the specific purpose are also being arranged, besides the delegation would also meet with the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in Dehli, India on February 05.

The leader of the delegation, Gulzar Firoz, Chairman, Pakistan Tanners Association shown his strong optimism at the time of departure to conclude the desired objectives of the delegation for facilitation in finalising the structure of the Leather Export Promotion Council in Pakistan which would be an icon and real platform for leather sector for the resolution of grievances of Leather Sector exporters and promotion of country’s exports in a more rapid pace.