Exporters of fruit and vegetables while admitting the positive role played by government institutions for promoting exports of the country, have lauded the performance of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and its dynamic and dedicated head SM Munir. Being true representative of the business community, they believed SM Munir has not only served the exporters during the last couple of years but he has also turned TDAP into a corruption free institution.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, Chairman Pakistan Fruit and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) Waheed Ahmed has said that due to the untiring efforts of SM Munir for promoting exports, the business community of horticulture have fetched $82 million worth export orders this year. Many of the orders have already been met by the exporters while others are in pipeline.
With the efforts of Munir, Prime Minister of the country, for the first time had listened to exporters for over five hours which ultimately helped in collecting better ideas and proposals for next Trade Policy Frame Work and Agricultural policy in the country, he added. "Our exporters, for the first time, were provided opportunity to present a roadmap of development in horticulture sector to the Prime Minister," he said. Heading the country's only export promoting body TDAP, Munir has encouraged exporters in introducing their products before the foreign buyers during international exhibitions like Fruit Logistica in Germany, World Food in Moscow, and Sial in Jakarta etc.
According to Waheed his association and business community not only laud the role of Chief Executive TDAP but also show full support to Munir and panel at Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). Waheed claimed that the reason behind reduction in overall export is the recession in international market followed by historic slash in oil prices. The prices of commodities have been reduced as per the oil prices across the world.
He said it is very unfortunate that some people are criticising Munir in media despite the fact that the previous leaders at FPCCI have done nothing but personal gains. Waheed announced his support to United Business Group led by Munir in the forthcoming election of FPCCI.-PR