US, Pakistan discuss labour standards in textile industry
Mr. Afridi with Ms. McFee Implementation of international
labour standards in Pakistan, especially in the textile
industry, was discussed in detail when US Deputy Counsellor for
Economic Affairs Susan McFee called on Pakistan’s Minister for
Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi.
The US Deputy Counsellor Susan McFee said Pakistan is not the
only country that is adversely affected by the labour standards
certification. She suggested that Pakistan should immediately
come up with a comprehensive strategy on labour standards in
order to meet the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Mr. Afridi stated that his Ministry is already in
consultation with the Ministries of Commerce and Finance on
framing a policy regarding labour standards. He added that the
Government would soon finalize a comprehensive labour policy in
collaboration with the provincial governments.
During the meeting, the Minister also raised the issue of ban
by the US-based firm Walt Disney on textile imports from
Pakistan and expressed hope that the company would provide some
waiver, as Pakistan is working diligently on labour issues. In
the upcoming textile policy special emphasis would be laid on
the implementation of labour standards in the textile industry.
The US Deputy Counsellor mentioned that Pakistani textiles
are preferred by the American companies and added that the US
would support the measures by the Government of Pakistan towards
compliance with ILO standards.
In the first three quarters of Pakistani fiscal year 2013-14
that began on July 1, the exports of textiles and apparel
increased by 7.99% year-on-year to US$ 10.384 billion, with the
US, the UK, China, Germany and Bangladesh being the top five
During last fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2013, textile
and clothing exports from Pakistan grew by 5.9% to $13.06
billion from $12.34 billion in 2011-12.