European Union supports Pakistan Mega leather Show – 2016
LAHORE, Feb 01 (INP): Jean-François Cautain, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Pakistan, here on Thursday addressed an international symposium held in connection with Pakistan Mega Leather Show 2016. The event was arranged by the EU-funded “Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Program (PLCIP)” under European Union’s Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme. The EU-funded Programme (PLCIP) is working to improve the overall value chain in the leather sector of Pakistan.
“The leather sector is an important sector in Pakistan, due to its size on economic footprint, employment, and potential for value creation. Despite being an export earner, the leather sector has a small share in the global trade of value added goods and products. In the wake of the current incentives given by the EU, which includes the GSP+ status for Pakistan, the value added leather sector needs to seize the opportunity and further develop the sector to become an even greater export earner for Pakistan.
Pakistan Mega Leather Show will help in improving confidence of international investors in leather sector” said H.E. Jean-François Cautain during his keynote speech at the ceremony. Jean-François Cautain also appreciated the efforts of organizers of Pakistan Mega Leather Show and distributed souvenir among the presidents of associations and the presenters of international symposium.
Mr. Muhammad Musaddiq, Convener PMLS-2016, appreciated the support and assistance of European Union through PLCIP. He further added that The PMLS-2016 portrayed the positive image of Pakistan to the world. This event targeted the international buyers to come to Pakistan and to take benefit from the tremendous potential that exist in the leather sector of Pakistan. The PMLS – 2016 provided a unique platform for the Pakistani leather industry, including tanners, footwear manufacturers, leather garments and gloves manufacturers, chemical companies, and other vendors supplying equipment, machinery and components to the leather industry to display their products, and provide a single platform for the Pakistani leather industry. He encouraged the diplomatic community and donors to participate in this show and invite potential stake holders/buyers from their respective countries to visit the expo.
The event was attended by the representatives of European Union, Foreign Missions,and various government officials from Ministry of Commerce and business community participating in the Pakistan Leather Show – 2016.
Representatives from United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and international experts from Germany and Italy also spoke on the present and future trends of leather based industry, modern shoe manufacturing technology & business and leather cleaning and production.