IAF to open office in Pakistan

LAHORE: International Apparel Federation (IAF) is going to open its first regional office at PRGMEA House Sialkot on September 27, where Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) will also ink an MoU with The Dutch National Fashion and Textile Association Netherlands (MODINT) for the first time in Asia with a view to support Pakistan apparel industry.

PRGMEA Central Chairman Ijaz Khokhar said here Tuesday that for the first time, IAF President Han Bekke and Secretary General Matthijs Crietee would visit Pakistan to inaugurate the regional office along with the opening of newly-constructed PRGMEA office in Sialkot.

Khokhar said that MODINT, the largest importers association of home textile, garments and textile, would also sign MoU to share the mutual interest to develop trade in readymade garments between Pakistan and Netherlands. The ceremony, he mentioned, would also be graced by

Netherlands Ambassador Ardi Stoios-Braken and Minister of State for Commerce and Textile, Haji Akram Ansari.

He said that presently the head office of IAF was located in Netherlands and this would be the first regional office in Pakistan, citing that this was very positive development in the textile industry and an honour for Pakistan that leading IAF leadership was visiting Pakistan to facilitate

the apparel and fashion industry.

He said, the establishment of IAF office in Pakistan would open up new avenues for the textile industry for liaison with international buyers and leading brands. Besides granting domestic membership to garment manufacturers, this office would also help hold B2B meetings among

importers and exporters of apparel sector across the world, he said.

PRGMEA Central Chairman said that IAF was a unique platform for textile

industry because it was the only global federation for the apparel industry, which united buyers and manufacturers in one federation.

He said the IAF would address major issues being faced by the textile

industry of Pakistan and bring those issues to limelight including compliance, gender training and exchange of delegation.

About the MoU, he said that PRGMEA and The MODINT Netherlands would

make a deal to promote free trade including export to European Union,

free from trade restrictions such as ill-founded antidumping measures, as

in the case of bedlinen export from Pakistan.

In this Memorandum, he said the PRGMEA and The MODINT would pursue the

goal of promoting cooperation between Pakistan and Dutch apparel companies to realize common development of both industries in both countries.

Khokhar said that they would conduct exchange of ideas on the actual

and future priorities of industries in both the countries.

On the basis of mutual benefits and win-win progress, both associations

would discuss and establish strategies and action plans of cooperation for development, and present relevant recommendations to the authorities in

both the countries.

The PRGMEA and The MODINT, he said, would also exchange information

concerning policies, laws and regulations on trade and investment in each country as well as the latest trends and updates on apparel production.

Both parties, he said, would also make agreement on a yearly meeting or

conference call at Executive and General Secretary level as regards an exchange of experiences made on all questions concerning the apparel industry.