MULTAN - Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) Chief Executive Officer Ch Guftar Ahmad has said that supply of electricity to the industry is the top priority of the company. Talking to a delegation of Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) here on Thursday, he said that the Mepco regarded industrial consumers as the most important consumers. If the industry works, people will get employment and country will prosper, he added. He told the members of delegation that textile sector was exempted from loadshedding on government instruction. Similarly, the remaining industry is also being given electricity on priority basis, he added. While briefing the Chief Executive, Superintending Engineer Mepco Bahawalpur disclosed that the industry in Bahawalpur had no separate feeders as a result of which the industry was getting power supply from domestic feeders. Thats why the industry is facing loadshedding like domestic consumers, he added. He suggested that the feeders of industry could be separated if the industrialists provided funds for this purpose. The delegation was led by Syed Israr Hussain Shah, vice president of BCCI, who apprised the CEO Mepco of their problems. APBUMA seeks access EU, US markets: Chairman of All Pakistan Bedsheet and Upholstery Manufacturing Association (APBUMA) Khawaja Jalal Uddin Roomi lamented on Thursday that Pakistani textile products could not get access to European Union and the United States markets. Addressing the participants of a reception held in honour of recently promoted grade 21st officers, he said that the United States should purchase products made of cotton imported from America to compensate the value addition sector of Pakistan. He regretted that Pakistan had a mere two percent share in US imports that needed to be increased. He said that Pakistan did not make any special demand by seeking market access to the US markets as all countries raised this demand. He lamented that when the US needed Pakistans support it gave special attention, but sanctions were slapped on the country when its help was not needed. He said US had strategic interests in Pakistan and the country needed enhancement of trade with it. Referring to contribution of South Punjab in textile sector, he said that this region produced about 70 percent of total production of the cotton in the country. He said that textile industry contributed 54 percent of total national exports while the share of South Punjab in total exports was 13 percent. Roomi said that around 50 percent of the countrys population was associated with the textile industry and there was nothing more important than the cotton and textile industry. He said that textile spinning, weaving, and composite mills are the organized sector in Pakistan. There are 396 textile mills out of which 315 are spinning, 44 weaving and 37 composite units.