SIALKOT - Sialkot is an important economic centre the only export-oriented city in Pakistan where 99 percent items produced and are exported to various parts of the glob. Thousands of small and medium enterprises situated in and around the city are engaged in honouring their international commitments for export of value-added quality goods. Through export, Sialkot based small and medium industries were earning foreign exchange amounting over US One billion dollars yearly and strengthening the national exchequer. Sialkot made footballs, field hockey sticks, cricket gear and boxing gloves were used in international games including the Olympics and World Cups. It may be mentioned that surgical and sports goods industries are the oldest industries which were playing tremendous role not only in strengthening national economy but also in providing employment opportunities hundreds industrial workers. Most of the developed countries were importing surgical instruments from Sialkot and everyday, hundreds of surgeries were performed around the world by surgeons using the instruments made in Sialkot. Thus Sialkot made instruments were playing a silent but significant role in healing of wounds and fighting disease worldwide. Surgical manufacturers were producing about 100 million instruments annually and industry was producing disposable which constitutes 60 percent of the exports and reusable instruments which was 40 percent of the exports. The industry was producing surgical instruments, dental instruments, veterinary, pedicure and manicure, tailor scissors, barber saloon and beauty saloon scissors. Almost 74 percent production of surgical was being sold to ten different countries of which 29 percent to USA, 14 percent Germany and 9 percent United Kingdom and remaining 26 percent to rest of the world. Surgical industry was enjoying monopolistic position because no other can produce surgical instruments in price range and variety and able to manufacture at most economical rates There is great need of a Separate Business Strategy for Sialkot keeping in view its unique export culture and craftsmanship enabling it play significant role in earning maximum foreign exchange for the country. Despite several internal problems like high tariff of power, gas load shedding and increase in petroleum prices as well as law and order situation the local exporters and manufacturers were fulfilling their international commitments to keep the national economic wheel in full motion and to compete global market. When contact Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to ascertain his viewpoint about the industrial needs for bringing radical change in industrial sector of the city, he underscored the need of formulation of a separate business plan for Sialkot for enhancing the productivity and bringing innovation in products. The industrial technology has improved the production line worldwide but due to lack of funds and government support our industrial sector was lagging behind and without the support and cooperation of the government the tracking of the local industrial sector on modern lines is impossible he said. It was our national duty that we should think positively and play their instrument role in bringing out the country from economic crisis and work together for economic uplift of the country he said. Ghulam Mustafa revealed that the bank loan and tax default rate in this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry was practically zero percent which is clear proof of the prudent and responsible attitude of the business community. Some other exporters were of the view that increase in utility bills are detrimental at this juncture for exports of the country and urged upon the government to withdraw the decision of increase in utility bills. Former SCCI President Khurram A Khawaja was of the opinion that there was a great need of exempting all industrial towns from electricity and sui gas load shedding for hurdle-free productivity in the country. Khurram Khawaja said that Sialkot, Gujranwala and Faisalabad cities of Punjab if exempting load shedding will play a dominating role in boosting the export volume to many folds adding that these cities were also playing their tremendous role in providing employment opportunities to thousands industrial workers. At present the exporters and manufacturers were unhappy with the on-going polices of the government especially with electricity load shedding and high tariff electricity and petroleum prices as a result of which the prices of raw material had been increased he said. Under the current circumstances he said the exporters and manufacturers are confronting with the multifarious problems because they are unable to complete foreign orders in time due to the long electricity load shedding and high production cost. What we understand that government is doing this intestinally for creating fuss and divert the attention of masses from ground realities and core issues and floating issues one by one to camouflage the hard facts he added. Ex-President SCCI Hassan Ali Bhatti said that production activities in this export-oriented and hub of cottage industry is at lowest ebb because of prolonged electricity load shedding. Due to low production activities the industrial workers working on daily wages were facing serious hardships but unfortunately concerned authorities and government are reluctant to resolve core issues he said. Noman Idress Butt former SCCI President said that there was a great need of implementation of proper system for bringing out the industrial sector out of crisis. The economic managers and policy makers should concentrate on making long term industrial policies for bringing radical changes in the industrial sector of the country he said. Noman Butt suggested that policy makers should formulate a strategy with the consultation of business community for the development and to address the multiple problems and difficulties of industrial sector. It is high time that government should take some drastic steps for bringing out the industrial sector out crisis, exemption of industrial towns from load shedding and establishment of a Raw Material Bank to facilitate the business community of the country.