MINUTES OF EC MEETING DATED 11 JUN 2011
HELD AT 0930 HOURS IN ASSOCIATION OFFICE
1 Agenda Point No. 1 - 3 Years Plan of Activities of Association
A three years Plan of Activities of PFMA for 2012-2014 was discussed. Following activities were approved :
a. Participation in International Footwear Exhibitions
Presently we are regularly participating in only 2 international fairs on
Association level which are subsidized by TDAP. The expenses on
participation are so exorbitant that SMEs can not afford these expenses from
their own resources. We should pursue the Government through TDAP to
increase its share from 70:30 to 90:10 as well as arrange participation in more
international fairs specially in the American region where there are bright
chances of success and boosting of our exports.
b. Footwear Delegations/ Extensive Marketing
Footwear delegations to the selected regions / new markets play an important
role in enhancing our exports for which we will seek more financial help
through TDAP to include SME sector as well as increase the number of
footwear delegations in coming years.
c. Organization of International Footwear Exhibitions in Pakistan
In order to boost exports of footwear we plan to organize / participate in
following international exhibitions :
(1) Pakistan International Footwear Show (PIFS)
We should plan to continue our annual footwear exhibition PIFS (Pakistan
International Footwear Show) with the collaboration of Trade
Development Authority of Pakistan once every year and make efforts for
expanding its size.
(2) Combined Pakistan Leather Show
We should try to organize a Combined Mega Pakistan Leather Show by
joining hands with other leather related Associations i.e. PTA, PGMEA &
(3) Expo Pakistan
To participate in Expo Pakistan held every year under arrangements of
TDAP to enhance overall export of Pakistan.
d. Footwear Development Institute
Footwear Industry lacks technical hands and supervisory staff, essential to
meet the challenges of international market for enhancing exports. The
Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design has created a wing named Pakistan
School of Fashion & Design for Leather & Accessories, which has started a 4
years degree course in Sep 2010. PFMA should remain associated with the
project and will continue its support in providing all necessary technical and
material assistance wherever needed.
e. Maintenance of Library / Information Bureau
The library already established be maintained and equipped with latest
footwear magazines obtainable from international market having useful articles.
It will be providing facilities to its members in the use of gazettes, trade
directories and other informative publications.
f. Membership of FPCCI
Subscribe to remain a member of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of
Commerce and Industry. Procure from and communicate with any incorporated
organization of commerce and industry such information, as may be likely to
forward the objects of the Association.
g. Assistance to Members
(1) Assist members in procuring latest information on manufacturing,
marketing, import and export of footwear and allied commodities and
maintaining contact with foreign trade and industry missions to explore
facilities and possibilities for boosting exports.
(2) Resolve the technical controversies between the members of the
h. Representation to the Government
Make representations to the Government, Central or Provincial and other
authorities or bodies as and when deemed necessary and to secure an
organized action direct or indirect for the fulfillment of any or all of the objects
i. Website Improvement
PFMA has already established its website www.pakfootwear.org listing its
objectives, activities, up-to-date members list/office bearers, membership form,
queries form etc. We have already updated it according to Trade
organisations Rule 27 to include up-to-date list of office bearers with contact
details, Executive Committee members, management and members of the
General Body, memorandum and articles of association, plan of activities,
schedule of Executive Committee meetings and minutes of such meetings, and
schedule of elections, voters list and election results during the election period.
We will update it at all times with all relevant information.
j. Research and Development Cell
A Research & Development Cell has since been established to collect the
information on footwear sector in the world. Members should be informed on
latest developments including country wise production and import / export
figures, custom duty tariffs, any opportunities arising out of abnormal situations,
investigating problems peculiar to the industry & trade with a view to cause
improvements and progress etc. It should also safeguard and promote the
interest of the labour employed by the footwear manufacturing industry.
k. Establishment of Regional Office of Association
The point for establishment of Regional Office PFMA was considered. It was
noted that Bulk of the Footwear Industry of Pakistan (about 80%) is located in
Punjab area and more than 60% industry is located around Lahore, therefore
their problems are sorted out at Lahore Head Office and no difficulty has been
felt by anyone. It was mentioned that other than Lahore, there are only 13
members from Sindh area (Karachi & Hyderabad) , 3 from Khyber
Pukhtoonkhawa and 1 from Baluchistan. Hence for such meager number of
members, the maintenance of Regional offices is not economical at present.
However we should plans to establish Regional office at Karachi provided the
number of members increases there to 50 members. We should request our
members at Karachi to try to enhance our membership there .
Secretary General to circulate the above plan of activities to all our members for their
views and Suggestions and take necessary actions where needed.