Union of Small and Medium Enterprises urges Trade Development Authority of Pakistan to set up institute for printing and packaging technology in Pakista
Islamabad, November 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to set up an institute for printing and packaging technology in Pakistan from Export Development Surcharge (EDS) funds to impart education to the small and medium sized units to improve their printing and packaging to compete in global markets.
President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said one of the reasons the SME units are remaining behind on global shelves in super stores is due to poor packing. The super chains are demanding products with attractive pouch and sachet packing displaying the contents, looking attractive and enhancing the shelf life of the perishable and non perishable products.
The Pakistani exporters are making good quality products and have potentiality to gain bigger share in halal products but only because of less attractive packing they are losing markets in gulf, middle east, Europe and America.
The TDAP is sitting on huge amounts collected from EDS and could put the funds to good use by setting up the much needed institute of printing and packaging technology to promote enhanced quality and superior packaging in Pakistan. The importance of attractive packing cannot be denied and it is very essential for any product to be well packed and look good in line with products from different countries of the world.
Thaver as member board of directors offered help to TDAP on behalf of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and urged TDAP to join hands with SMEDA in setting up the institute.
Good packing will also encourage brand promotion and inspire the SMEs units to work in the direction of quality improving, image building and brand marketing. The three major factors are quality, price and packing and whilst Pakistan has worked its way up in quality and price it is lacking in packing and packing materials.
Thaver also urged the government to facilitate the SMEs desirous of importing packaging machinery by financing imports under leasing. Secondly he also advocated the reduction of import duty and sales tax on packing materials to promote the packing and printing units.
Thirdly he explained that the SMEs need to be facilitated to import products in bulk and pack them locally as it will reduce the landed cost of the imported items and offer employment in Pakistan.
Many items of stationery, confectionery, clothing, footwear, electronics could be imported in bulk packing and easily packed in individual attractive packing for local markets and also for re-export. Likewise products made in Pakistan if packed as per international standards could secure markets overseas and compete successfully with neighbouring countries.
For more information, Contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Phones: + 92 35884225 and 6
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