About PFMA;Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association
The Footwear manufacturing industry is one of the ancient and major industries of Pakistan. It could not get any statutory shelter previously, but in February 1983 an adhoc committee was formed under chairmanship of Mr. M. A. Haleem Afsar who initiated a case with Ministry of Commerce (Director Trade Organizations),Government of Pakistan for providing statutory shelter by granting a license under Section-3 of Trade Organization Ordinance 1961, which was granted in September 1985.
The Association obtained membership of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry on 26 October 1985.
In 1993, Mr. Iftikhar Feroz was elected as Chairman of the Association who once again re-activated the Association by holding regular meetings of the members to discuss the problems being faced by Footwear Industry and recommendations formulated for presentation to the Government from time to time.
PFMA accomplishes its mission through regular Circulars and Alerts, Special Reports, direct consultation, workshops and continual education programs, and advocacy campaigns on a range of issues including: –
Footwear Sourcing, Trade Policy and Factory Compliance Expertise
Footwear Customs Guidance
Footwear Industry Networking
Footwear Committees and Working Groups
PFMA has committees and working groups for Customs, Taxation, Budget, Mega Leather Show and Development Committee for growth of Footwear Sector. PFMA Committees members receive updates, discuss best practices and participate by providing input on how FDRA should respond to government rules, regulations, as well as programs they want developed to help the industry. These industry executives and professionals have created a hub for the industry to work together and respond with critical mass to issues and challenges, and have helped many companies solve challenges more efficiently, thanks to industry cooperation.
Daily and Weekly Footwear Industry Updates
PFMA issues “executive updates” to its members anytime the industry needs to be aware of major issues. PFMA has taken an initiative of quarterly newsletter – the Footwear Quarter in Review – to the entire industry to keep everyone updated on current industry news, trends and events.
PFMA Advocacy Efforts
PFMA leads advocacy efforts by meeting with government officials regarding the elimination of footwear tariffs.
PFMA helps its members convey concerns and issues to their elected officials through meetings, calls and letters.
PFMA speaks for the industry – drafting and sending letters to government officials and elected leaders on issues important to the footwear industry.