LAHORE - Repeated visits and regular participation in international mega events are vital to attract export orders but Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has restricted its financial support only to two fairs in a year, limiting just three times participation in same category event, which has become hurdle for Pakistani companies to improve exports.

The leather exporters have sought full collaboration of TDAP for participation of Pakistani tanning companies in all international fairs including Lineapelle Fair (Bologna, Italy) being held from March 11-13 with a view to develop contacts with international manufacturers, besides analyzing the possibility of joint ventures with them.

PTA Chairman Sh. Saqib Masood said this year more than 17 companies are participating in this mega event of Italy to display best quality of finished leather of all sorts in order to fetch maximum orders for boosting exports.

He stated that with the assistance of TDAP, Pakistani tanners would be able to achieve sufficient export orders of leather and leather products in international market. He asked TDAP authorities to collaborate with industry for provision of maximum space to set up Pakistan Pavilion in next Lineapelle Fair. Moreover, removal of three-year condition for consecutive participation in International Fairs and expeditious release of pending subsidies are necessary so that PTA’s members could actively and regularly participate in International Fairs to earn more foreign exchange for the country.

He said that the leather sector of Pakistan is facing a steep decline in production due to government’s inconsistent policies, and should feature on Trade Development Authority of Pakistan’s export promotion priorities.

Sh. Saqib, on this occasion appreciated the efforts of the Consul General of Pakistan in Italy and his office for facilitating participation of PTA members in the fairs in befitting manner.

Criticizing TDAP subsidy ratio, which has declined to 60:40 from 80:20, PTA Chairman pointed out that Pakistan needs support to fulfill the immense potential for exports. He asked TDAP to enhance its allocations of funds to ensure more participation of leather industry in global fairs in view of the sector’s huge potential of growth, as holding exhibitions and sending trade delegations abroad are imperative to promote exports and explore new markets.