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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.

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Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Pakistan, May 2015
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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
Economic profile
PAKISTAN: INFRASTRUCTURE
Transportation
Roads
Railways
Airports
Seaports and shipping
Telecommunications
PAKISTAN: HUMAN RESOURCES
SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING
INDUSTRY IN PAKISTAN
PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING PRODUCTION AND
CONSUMPTION
PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS
PAKISTAN: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
PAKISTAN: FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) IN THE
TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
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


List of tables
Table 1: Pakistan: political and economic profile, 2015
Table 2: Pakistan: economic indicators, 2011/12-2013/14
Table 3: Pakistan: number of composite textile mills, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 4: Pakistan: installed spinning and weaving capacity in the mill sector, 2007/08-
2013/14
Table 5: Pakistan: yarn and cotton fabric production in the mill sector, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 6: Pakistan: production of cotton fabric by type in the mill sector, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 7: Pakistan: textile and clothing exports, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 8: Pakistan: exports of raw cotton, cotton yarn and cotton fabric in value and volume,
2007/08-2013/14
Table 9: Pakistan: clothing exports by type, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 10: Pakistan: exports of towels and bedwear, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 11: Pakistan: exports of cotton yarn by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14
Table 12: Pakistan: exports of cotton fabric by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14
Table 13: Pakistan: exports of cotton denim fabrics by leading destination, 2011/12 and
2012/13
Table 14: Pakistan: exports of ready made garments by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 15: Pakistan: exports of knitwear by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 16: Pakistan: exports of towels by leading destination, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 17: Pakistan: exports of bedwear by leading destination, 2012/13 and 2013/14
Table 18: Pakistan: textile and clothing imports, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 19: Pakistan: textile and clothing imports by type, 2012/13 and 2013/14
Table 20: Pakistan: imports of textile machinery, 2007/08-2013/14
Table 21: Pakistan: foreign investment in the textile and clothing industry, 2007/08-2012/13
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