The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pakistan has called on Suchart Leingsaengthong, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, to help strengthen trade relations between the two countries, which are making efforts to sign a free trade agreement. It is hoped this will be finalised by the end of 2016. Pakistan is looking to increase exorts of textiles to Thailand. THE NATION
  • Some 124 Bangladesh garment factories are struggling to get their production back to full swing following relocation due to a shortage of gas, as the government is not approving transfer of gas lines or new connections. Around 60 factories complained that the government is not allowing the transfer of their old gas lines to their new units, while another 64 said they are unlikely to get new gas connections for two to three years. THE DAILY STAR
  • The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has urged the government to help solve the problems faced by the textile industry to improve the country's economic growth. Chairman Tariq Saud said the availability of 24/7 energy to the industry would only be useful when the sector's viability was restored. He also said cotton stranded at the Wagah border with India should be immediately released to operationalise the industry, which was closed due to shortage of cotton. THE NEWS
  • Italy's Deputy Foreign Minister, Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, will pay a two-day visit to Sri Lanka this week, the first since 2006. The delegation is scheduled to meet with ministers for foreign affairs, power, special assignments, foreign employment and international trade. The visit's goal is to renew bilateral relations between the two countries and open new avenues for increased trade cooperation. LBO

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