Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved the establishment of a Garments City near Kala Shah Kaku Motorway.
He said that the Garments City would be set up over 1000 acres of land where Pak-China industrial zone would also be established. He said that all facilities would be available to the industrialists under one-roof in the Garments City while a labour colony, hospital and other facilities would also be provided on priority basis.
The chief minister was presiding over a high level meeting at Model Town. The meeting was attended by Provincial Ministers Col (retd.) Shuja Khanzada, Muhammad Shafique, Tanvir Aslam Malik, Hameeda Waheed ud Din, advisor Dr. Ijaz Nabi, Member Provincial Assembly Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, the acting chief secretary, the Senior Member Board of Revenue, the Planning & Development chairman, the secretaries of the departments concerned, office bearers of Pakistan Garments Association and senior officials.
Advisor to Chief Minister Dr. Ijaz Nabi gave a briefing on the proposed project of the Garments City. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the project of Garments City was of vital importance and would be implemented expeditiously. He said that no laxity or negligence would be tolerated in the execution of the project.
He said that all matters regarding the glorious project of Garments City would be settled in a transparent manner. Shahbaz Sharif said that the implementation of the project would result in promotion of garments industry.
He said that Chinese investors associated with textile, readymade garments and knitting had shown interest in investment in Punjab-China Industrial Zone. The CM issued instructions to the authorities concerned to prepare a practicable financial model of the Garments City and asked them to conduct a complete survey for the assessment of energy requirements of the Garments City and formulate comprehensive recommendations in this regard.
Shahbaz Sharif also issued directions that a solid strategy be evolved for producing skilled manpower to meet industrial requirements of the Garments City. He also ordered proper planning for provision of infrastructure in the Garments City. He emphasized the need for special training in various skills for textile, garments and other sectors.
The CM issued instruction for constituting a committee to evolve technical training programme and issued directions to the committee to prepare a comprehensive training programme as early as possible so that skilled workforce could be provided to the factories
to be set up in the Garments City.
He said that textile sector would make considerable progress after the granting of GSP Plus status to Pakistan in the European Union, national exports would substantially increase while new job opportunities would be created and national economy strengthened.
He said that the provision of resources for preparing skilled workforce was not expenditure but useful investment.Office-bearers of Pakistan Garments Association welcomed the establishment of the project of the Garments City and said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had evolved a glorious project for development of garments industry. They assured full cooperation to the Punjab government in this regard.