Gohar Ejaz Group sweeps Aptma elections

Hassan NaqviReporter

26th Aug, 2021. 06:12 pm

LAHORE: The Gohar Ejaz Group has registered an unprecedented 12th consecutive victory in the annual elections of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) for the year 2021/22 by winning all the seats both at centre, as well as zonal levels.

The election results for the year 2021/22 were announced at a press conference held at the Aptma Punjab office on Thursday.

According to the results announced by Muhammad Raza Baqir, secretary general of Aptma, Hamid Zaman has been elected unopposed as the chairman of the Northern Zone; followed by Kamran Arshad as senior vice chairman, Khawaja Mouhammad Anees, vice chairman; and Asad Shafi, Treasurer.

In the Zonal Management Committee Abdullah Amir Fazal, Ahmad Bin Shahid, Basit Mansoor Azhar, Danish Aslam, Ismail Farid Sheikh, Muhammad Haseeb, Muhammad Siddique and Khawaja Muhammad Mohsin Masood have been elected as the members for a term of two years.

In the Executive Committee of Aptma Pakistan, Abdul Rahim Nasir, Ahmad Shafi, Bilal Sharif, Hussain Ahmad Fazal, Irfan Ahmed, Syed Omar Shah and Aamir Sheikh have been elected as members from the North Zone and Asif Inam, Tariq Saud, Moazzam Ajaz Saya, Muhammad Yasin Siddik and Afzal Umer have been elected from the South Zone.

The Central Executive Committee will meet in the middle of September to elect the office-bearers for the year 2021/22.

Addressing the press conference, Gohar Ejaz, patron-in-chief of Aptma, announced the nomination of Abdul Rahim Nasir for the office of the association’s central chairman.

He congratulated the newly-elected leadership of Aptma and expressed the hope that the new young and energetic leadership would work hard to strengthen the export potential of the textile industry.

He also dilated upon the strengths of the textile industry in the country, despite confronting the successive waves of Covid-19.

The textile exports have registered an impressive growth of 23 per cent to reach $15.4 billion in the fiscal year 2020/21, Ejaz said, adding that a drop in the Covid-19 cases in Pakistan and the policy of smart lockdown helped revive the textile industry and boosted exports.

He expressed the hope that the exports would record impressive growth this year due to the pro-industry approach of the government and ease in doing business.

Ejaz also said the industry would never disappoint the government in its efforts to enhance exports by meeting the textile exports target of $20 billion for the current fiscal year and earning precious foreign exchange for the country, creating jobs and attracting new investment in the sector.

The textile industry was waiting for the final approval of a new five-year textile policy to facilitate setting up of another 100 textile mills and doubling the country’s exports, he said, adding that the industry plans to invest downstream to increase exports and expand employment opportunities.

Ejaz also said that it was highly encouraging that around 70 per cent of the textile exports from Pakistan were from the value-added sector. He expressed the hope that the expected investment of $3 billion in the value-added segments of the textile industry would fetch an additional export earnings of around $6 billion and create three million additional jobs.

He appreciated the government for supporting the industry during the spread of the Covid-19 and speedy payment of sales tax refunds through the Federal Board of Revenue.

Ejaz also lauded the role of the State Bank of Pakistan for extending financial support to the industry in an extraordinary situation that helped it regain strength.

The Aptma official also appreciated the government for continuation of the regionally competitive energy tariff of electricity at 9 cents/kWh and gas at $6.5/mmbtu during the fiscal year 2021/22.

He expressed the confidence that with the incessant availability of energy and raw materials at regionally competitive rates, the industry would put its best to achieve the lofty target of exports for the current year.

Abdul Rahim Nasir presented a blueprint of his vision for upsurge in exports and thanked the leadership for showing their confidence towards him and other elected members.

He also assured the members of the association to put his best to protect the economic interests of the country, in general, and textile industry, in particular.

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