DASKA - Business Support Fund (BSF), Government of Pakistan, has chalked out a comprehensive plan to soon launch its mega programme namely HR-Plus for providing the skilled labour and workforce to the export-oriented industries of Sialkot, enabling them to jazz up their industrial activities, besides, exploring and capturing the new world markets through meeting the global trade challenges under the WTO regime. CEO of Business Support Fund (BSF) Saqib Muhiud Din disclosed this while addressing a seminar on Strengthening SMEs for better tomorrow held here Wednesday under the auspices of Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PGMEA) in collaboration with Business Support Fund (BSF). Chairman PGMEA Malik Naseer Ahmad, vice president FPCCI Haji Aftab Barlas and project manager Cleaner Production Center (CPC) Sialkot Muhammad Atif were also present on this occasion. He added that under this programme, the BSF would hire the skilled labour and workforce for the Sialkot-based factories on their demand, besides, providing them the complete financial and technical support, in this regard. He said that the Sialkot industries lack the skilled labour force and due to non-availability of skilled labour force these industries were lagging behind the industries of other countries. He said that this programme would also be helpful in resolving the prolonged perturbing problems of the SMEs. He said that BSF has allocated a chunk of Rs50m for promoting the SMEs for the development of SMEs across the country. He said that the introduction of BSFs skill development programme HR Plus for Sialkots export-oriented industries would also promote the countrys value added sector, besides, exploring and capturing the new int'l markets of exports under very effective and positive strategy. He said that special measures would be taken to promote production of non-traditional items in Sialkot with a view to expanding exports, besides, giving a helping hand to business community for curbing the menace of existing industrial crisis. Later, giving a detailed presentation on Sialkot based SMEs promotion, BSF consultant Hassan Haider said that the Sialkot exporters have enough potential to explore and capture the world trade markets by exporting their world-class traditional and non-traditional export items. He said that due to the prolonged non-availability of the skilled labour force and transfer of new manufacturing technologies, the Sialkot-based SMEs were still using the more than one century old manufacturing methods, besides, using the substandard material in manufacturing the surgical instrument and sports goods, thus these industries were showing their down fall. On the occasion, the business community was of the view that increase in exports could never be possible without the promotion of mutual business harmony and cooperation between the exporters and the concerned government agencies meant for the exports promotion. They said the leather garments exporters have been facing great difficulties due to the alleged slackness of the concerned government functionaries of Pakistan, as the Japan, India, China and Taiwan were producing the competitively cheaper leather products and they were also focusing on exploring and capturing the new international markets for their cheaper leather products. They alleged that the lacked mutual cooperation and coordination between the exporters and concerned governments trade and export development agencies have promoted a communication gap and this nasty practice was badly impacting the national exports.