SIALKOT-The surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) has urged the government to announce advanced training programmes to prepare skilled labour for the surgical industry .
simap Chairman Jehangir Bajwa said that surgical industry has been suffering the shortage of skilled labour. Addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters, the simap chairman added that more than one century old surgical industry of Sialkot was in dire need of skilled labour.
He pledged to modernise the surgical industry by ensuring the early transfer of advanced manufacturing technology to the industry . He said that the surgical industry has potential to double the surgical exports from existing US $ 337 million within the next couple of years with the proper patronage by the government.
He asked the surgical exporters to focus on the diversification of traditional to non-traditional surgical instruments. He added that the direly needed diversification could help boost surgical instruments’ exports. He said that surgical industry is producing over 10,000 kinds of medical instruments covering all sections of surgical , dental, veterinary, beauty and so many other products.
He said that the industry of Sialkot was in dire need of modernisation and positive steps for advanced standards of international marketing and brand developing could help save the surgical industry .
He said that the Sialkot-based surgical manufacturers and exporters have potential to capture the international markets of surgical items worth US $ 1 billion if the government properly patronises the industry , which has only 1 percent share in this world market consumption.
He urged the local manufacturers and exporters to focus on the diversification of traditional to non-traditional exports to meet the global trade challenges in this WTO Regime.
simap Chairman Jehangir Bajwa said that the surgical industry has sought the early proper governmental patronage for promoting the industry and the easy access of Sialkot based surgical instruments manufacturers and exporters to the international markets.
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