LAHORE - The GM Engineering, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Shahida Qaiser has observed that the world market for auto parts is around $452 billion, saying that the skills sets, infrastructure and managerial capabilities already exist in Pakistan to meet initial export target of $5-10 billion.

She was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a training centre set up by the PAAPAM. Keeping in view the training needs of its member companies as well as the surrounding industrial areas of Karachi, Pakistan Association of Auto Parts & Accessories Manufacturers has established a Training Centre at its regional office, in Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi. The GM Engineering, TDAP, spoke enthusiastically about the export possibilities of engineering products and auto parts from Pakistan. She congratulated PAAPAM in taking the lead towards development of export skills and creating a dedicated Training Centre for this purpose. PAAPAM Chairman Usman Malik congratulated the members on the establishment of a training centre in Karachi, which will steer PAAPAM towards new directions of exports and skills training of its member companies, with the aim of achieving export led growth of automotive parts manufacturing industries.

Speaking on the occasion, Munir K Bana, Immediate Past Chairman of PAAPAM, stated this training centre will be utilized for improving the skill levels of the technical teams of our members and go a long way in raising the quality standards of auto parts manufactured in our country.

Several PAAPAM members have recently returned from a CBI sponsored EXPRO Seminar held at The Hague, Netherlands. The group consisted of Pakistan engineering sector companies as well as five representatives from business support organisations like EDB, TDAP, NPO, SMEDA, Pakistan Foundry Association and PAAPAM.