DASKA - The presidents of Punjab's various chambers of commerce and industry have urged the government to announce business friendly policies, besides, ensuring the early provision of a level-playing field to the business community. They said that the country's exports of value added items could also be enhanced through the early provision of the lacked 'Level Playing Field' to export-oriented industries. They also urged the government to provide the level playing field to country's export-oriented industries. These demands were made during a meeting held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). On the occasion, they joined their hands and agreed to make joint efforts to develop the country's SME sector, which is the backbone of country's national economy, saying that the establishment of the SMEs clusters has now become vital. They announced their full mutual cooperation and technical assistance for boosting and flourishing SME sector in active collaboration with the local business community. Giving a detailed briefing on Sialkot's unique export culture and Sialkot's marvelous socio-economic development on self help basis by Sialkot business community, President SCCI Dr Khurram Anwar Khawaja said that Sialkot has successfully followed the examples of Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan and other countries in development of SME culture in Sialkot, as the Sialkot based SMEs have been producing only exportable items and enjoy special status in the international market for its products. SCCI President said the exporters of Sialkot are the "Roaming Ambassadors of Pakistan", who travel all around the world to fetch business and with their personal efforts, the export earnings of Sialkot stand at US $ 950 million annually. He stressed upon the need of bringing down the mark up rate especially for the export sector and concessional financing for the SME. Meanwhile, the presidents of chambers also visited various leading industrial units in Sialkot and witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based exporters, manufacturers and artisans. They also highly hailed the unique export culture of Sialkot. They termed Sialkot's export oriented soccer ball industry as Child Labour Free Industry. Meanwhile, there is a 31 per cent decline textile exports from Pakistan due to the worst law and order situation in the country, as the foreign customers were averting to visit Pakistan in such unavoidable circumstances. Vice Chairman Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PHMA) North Zone Ziaur Rehman Choudhary stated this while talking to the newsmen here. He said that world 2nd biggest industry is sports wear, which is speedily developing in Sialkot and seeking immediate attention of the government. He expressed grave concern over the shifting of the several textile units from Faisalabad to Bangladesh. He said that textile and garments exporters feared that if this shifting remained continued then the there would $1 billion decrease in textile exports from Pakistan. The government should do some effective and positive measures, besides, announcing some incentives to halt the shifting. He urged the government to increase the R&D fund for textile exports from existing 6 per cent to 10 percent.