LAHORE - Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) here Tuesday urged the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to share with the business community its plan to increase exports.

Talking to a group of leading exporters, PIAF chairman Malik Tahir Javed said that delayed dissemination of information about export opportunities was hitting the export sector hard, adding that TDAP should inform all the stakeholders about the available opportunities and the requirements to avail them expeditiously.

He said that participation of Pakistani exporters in the international fairs and exhibitions could give a jump to Pakistani exports. Malik said there was no dearth of resources in Pakistan but unfortunately, the exports were not increasing with required speed while the other countries of region were far ahead in this particular sector.

If all information regarding trade fairs and exhibitions were passed on trade and industry associations, he observed, the days were not very far when Pakistani exports would be at par with other leading regional players like China and India.

He also urged the TDAP to conduct seminars and workshops at Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the capacity building of upcoming exporters, as Pakistani merchandise were rapidly losing their share in the international market. He also stressed the need for maintaining electricity, gas and petroleum prices for revival and survival of the industry.

The government should give an incentive package to industry such as low utility prices and cut in export duties and taxes, he added.