Pakistan's textile and garment exports remained at US$2.8bn during the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year, showing a slight increase of 0.51% over the same period last year.

According to figures released by the Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), exports of knitwear garments were up by 9.05% to $608m, silk and synthetics textiles by 143% to $168m, and made-ups by 48% to $147m during the period.

All other textile and apparel categories registered negative growths including woven garments, down 2.86% to $363m, and leather footwear down 17.43% to US$22m.

Sheikh Mukhtar Ahmed, chairman of Faisalabad Garment City project told just-style that although the government has announced number of initiatives in current trade policy to reverse the downward trend in export, it appears that these policy measures have failed to yield the desired results.

By Ahmed Abdullah.