PTDC to collaborate with provincial depts

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has approached provincial tourism departments of all four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) to join hands for the promotion of tourism. Managing Director PTDC Abdul Ghafoor told APP that the response of all the provinces was very positive and they wanted to collaborate with PTDC for promotion of tourism sector. He said that the provinces requested to provide piece of lands for erecting new motels at various prominent tourists' resorts. He said that PTDC would also provide all possible assistance to the provinces in promoting tourism. He said that PTDC was planning to get space on entry and exit point of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route. He said that PTDC would establish its Information centers and facilitate tourists on the exit and entry points. He said that CPEC would further improve the tourism industry of the country, adding that CPEC cultural caravan explored the beauty of overall silk route.

Managing Director PTDC said that CPEC would further improve tourists flow to Pakistan and PTDC would facilitate tourists through its services.

Cell set up for evaluating biomass

SIALKOT (APP): Under the directives of Punjab Chief Minister a "Crop Biomass" cell has been set up in agriculture department. The sources in agri department told APP on Thursday that basic aim of setting up the centre was to evaluate biomass from crops waste and to gather information of waste of crops across the province for generating electricity from alternative resources. They said that the centre would coordinate with firms interested in generating electricity from biomass and also focus attention on research for developing close coordination with national and international institutions having skill of generating electricity from biomass. The cell would also find out ways and means for minimizing wastage of crops as well as it would made viable recommendations for protection and transportation of crops waste. Punjab was producing over 50 million tones of agri waste every year out of which 6.44 million tones was sugarcane sediment which was being used by sugar industry for power generation, sources added.

Special attention would be accorded on formulating biomass management system and setting up crop waste processing plants in the Punjab, sources added.

Pakistan, Italy have potential to enhance exports: TDAP

LAHORE: The country has rich potential and capability to increase exports to Italian markets by keeping quality control and standardization of products.

Director General, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Mian Riaz Ahmad stated this while talking to Livia Casagrande a businesswomen from Texmode, Italy, who called on him here on Thursday.

The DG apprised the delegate about possibilities of enhancing Pak-Italian bilateral trade.

Livia informed the DG TDAP that the Italian markets offered a lot of business opportunities for the Pakistani products.

She also informed the DG that Pakistani women entrepreneurs could take benefits from the Italian markets through exhibition of their products but they needed proper guidance and support.

The DG apprised the delegate that TDAP was already supporting the women entrepreneurs by organizing their delegations abroad and through their participations in the exhibitions and seminars.

He also informed that in context of the emerging Pakistan vision, the business activities were gaining momentum and our exports sector was showing improvements.

Leather exports rise 1.82 percent

ISLAMABAD (APP): Exports of leather manufacturers from the country during first half of fiscal year 2017-18 witnessed an increase of 1.82 per cent as compared to same period of the preceding year. The exports during the period under review increased to $265.059 million as compared to the exports of $260.33 million during July-December 2016-17. According to latest data revealed by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), leather garments' export witnessed a decrease of 2.03 per cent as it went down to $156.1 million in July-December 2017-18 from $159.34 million in first six months of 2016-17. Export of leather gloves during the period under review was recorded at $103.254 million compared to the export of $94.1 million in same period of previous year, thus recording an increase of 9.73 per cent. On year-on-year and month-on-month basis, leather manufacturers' export during December 2017 also increased by 0.24 per cent when compared with that of December 2016 and November 2017 respectively.

The exports rose to $45.5 million in December 2017 from $45.4 million in December 2016 and $44.24 million in November 2017.

Similarly leather garments' export also increased by 6.13 per cent and 7.67 per cent when compared with the export of December 2016 and November 2017 respectively.

Export of leather garments increased from $25.2 million in December 2016 and $24.8 million in November 2017 to $26.7 million in December 2017.

The export of leather gloves in December 2017 however decreased by 6.1 per cent and 2.63 per cent when compared with the export during December 2016 and November 2017 respectively.

The leather gloves' export went down to $17.7 million in December 2017 from $18.89 million in December 2016 and $18.4 million in November 2017.

 Pakistan, Italy have potential to

enhance exports: TDAP

LAHORE: The country has rich potential and capability to increase exports to Italian markets by keeping quality control and standardization of products. Director General, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Mian Riaz Ahmad stated this while talking to Livia Casagrande a businesswomen from Texmode, Italy, who called on him here on Thursday. The DG apprised the delegate about possibilities of enhancing Pak-Italian bilateral trade. Livia informed the DG TDAP that the Italian markets offered a lot of business opportunities for the Pakistani products. She also informed the DG that Pakistani women entrepreneurs could take benefits from the Italian markets through exhibition of their products but they needed proper guidance and support. The DG apprised the delegate that TDAP was already supporting the women entrepreneurs by organizing their delegations abroad and through their participations in the exhibitions and seminars.

He also informed that in context of the emerging Pakistan vision, the business activities were gaining momentum and our exports sector was showing improvements.