ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Commerce Amin Fahim on Tuesday showed concern over the decline in carpet exports, as it declined to $ 120m in the last fiscal year, 2009-10, from exports of $ 287m in the financial year 2008-09. A three-member delegation of Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association led by their Chairman Akhtar Nazir Khan called on the Commerce Minister. The delegation informed the Minister that the decline in export was because of foreign travel advisory and disturbed supply line. The delegation told that the industry needed some concession from the Govt in areas of credit financing and bank loan because of global recession and declining exports. They proposed that exports could get a positive breath by holding special exhibitions for the carpet industry. There are some traditional workers of carpet manufacturing industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, interior Sindh and Punjab who need proper training and financing to maintain proper supply chain of the product, the Chairman proposed. This small-scale manufacturing will not only improve supply side but also create employment opportunities in small towns, he added. The Minister assured complete support of his Ministry and TDAP to the proposal of exhibitions. He affirmed to assist the exporters and suggested them to focus on quality improvement and bringing innovations into the industry to make the product more competitive in the international market.