The government of Pakistan plans to establish three garment cities in the country at Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad, with work already underway on the Karachi facility.

It will spend PKR1.425bn (US$23.6m) on these projects, 50% of which has already been disbursed.

The Karachi Garment City will be a cluster of over 500 sewing and stitching units grouped together to produce exports. The facility, measuring 10m square feet, will generate about 60,000 jobs.

The city will be run through joint stock companies with public-private sector partnership.

An all Pakistan Textile Mills Association official told just-style that it encouraged the project, saying that the industry has an ambitious plan to invest US$220m in garment manufacturing over the next few years. 

By Ahmed Abdullah.