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Pakistan partners with ILO for labor uplift

The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) are joining forces to improve labor standards in the country’s textile and garment industry. The program focuses on scalable and sustainable solutions that build cooperation between governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations and international buyers.

The goal is to implement labor laws and standards for the 15 million women and men employed in the sector, develop buyers’ confidence that factories are implementing standards. ILO will provide technical assistance as well as assessment, advisory and training expertise to the ten factories initially taking part in the program. The initiative is expected to help workers and employers design and implement a workplace improvement plan to enhance working conditions and productivity.

The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association was established in 1985. It disseminates textile-related information to members and helps exporters obtain foreign exchange for business travel. It promotes textile exports of the country by participation in fairs and exhibitions and seminars.

It fights tariff and non-tariff barriers which countries impose on textile imports from Pakistan such as rules of origin and anti-dumping regulations. It approaches the government to provide facilities for exporters to compete against rival countries’ exporters. It has a lab that provides textile testing services.