ISLAMABAD (APP) The senate Standing Committee on Textile directed Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to explore new international markets to increase volume of countrys export. African countries should be the main focus for the countrys export particularly in textile sector, as Africa can be a good market for Pakistani products, Gul Muhammad Lot, Chairman of the committee said. TDAPs representative informed the committee that they had already shifted the focus from USA and Europe to Asian countries and in the coming months we will also enter into the South American countries like Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentine. The committee met here on Monday to discuss various issues including the outcome of arranging international exhibitions on textile and expenditures incurred in this regard and positive or negative effects of granting Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India. The Committee expressed its concerns over TDAPs selected venues of exhibitions and also its non-coordination with relevant Ministry of Textile. The committee showed its concern that TDAP was arranging international exhibitions in the countries like France, Germany and United Kingdom where the outcome was not satisfactory in keeping view the expenditures incurred for arranging the exhibitions. Senator LT. Gen (Retd) Javed Ashraf said on the occasion that the Ministry should get hold of TDAP and the TDAP must not take independent decisions of arranging international exhibitions. It was decided by the committee that henceforth, all the arrangements for international exhibitions would be made in consultation with the Textile Ministry. The committee was informed that during the year 2010-11, the country exported textile goods worth of $13.528 billion with the increase of 34 per cent as compared to the last years export of $10.27 billion. The committee was informed that although the increase in export was mainly due to increase in cotton prices in the world market but volume of some value added products witnessed increase during the period under review. Regarding MFN issue with the neighboring country, the committee was informed that the commerce ministry was in the process of consulting with different stakeholders including various trade institutions and government officials to make list of negative and positive items. Federal Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabuddin said on the occasion that Textile Ministry should be consulted before finalizing the list and arranging the international textile exhibitions. The committee was informed that the commerce ministry was not coordinating with the textile ministry especially when the textile international exhibitions were arranged. The committee directed the commerce ministry to coordinate with the textile ministry and consult it before ta, Abdul Raziq, Mrs Farah Aqil, Javed Ashraf, Secretary Textile Shahid Rasheed and other officials from textile and commerce ministries. The committee also took notice of non presence of Chairman TDAP Tariq Puri and Commerce Secretary Zafar Mehmood and directed that in the next meeting their presence should be ensured.