Local printing industry key to job creation: Murtaza
Karachi, Sep 03 /ADN/ — Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab has said that the printing industry is a key industry in today’s world, the industry in the country is a major contributor to job creation.
Murtaza said this while opening PrintPak, which is the country’s largest graphic arts and print packaging exhibition, at Karachi Expo Center on Saturday.
He said the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will provide land to the local paper industry as part of a public-private partnership for the establishment of training institutes for skill development of our youths.
Chairman of Pakistan Printing and Graphic Arts Industry Association (PAPGAI) Aziz Khalid said in his speech that this industry is one of the most important after textile sector with more than one million employees.
“This industry serves as the backbone for sectors such as FMCGs, textiles, publishing houses, confectionery, pharmaceuticals and many more. Pakistan manufactures top quality printed products to meet to ever-increasing domestic and international demand,” Khalid said.
Therefore, he added, the industry has been witnessing investments in new machinery and technology from current and new players as the industry foresees an increase in domestic demand given the growing demand. increase in the retail landscape as well as export opportunities for the sector.
He added that the association has also provided a platform for the State Bank of Pakistan to disseminate information on SME programs among its members as this will not only help the industry to shine but also provide a fair opportunity for SMEs to contribute to the national economy. .
The President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), M Idrees, said in his speech that this industry contributes significantly to the economy in the form of taxes, job opportunities, both skilled and unskilled, and developing the skills of people associated with the industry.
“I hope that these efforts by the industry in general and PAPGAI in particular will continue to accelerate for improvement and efficiency,” said M Idrees.
PAPGAI organizer Basit Zaidi says government support through fair policies will help Pakistan tap the potential of the export market worth $8-16 billion for the printing sector alone .
“Given profitable operations supported by a pool of talented human resources, the Pakistani printing industry has a comparative advantage in penetrating and creating a footprint in the export market. It has a clear advantage over countries like China and Malaysia where labor costs are relatively high,” Zaidi said.
At the end, Zohair Naseer MD Badar Expo Solutions and Aziz Khaild Chairman PAPGAI presented souvenirs to the main guest.