STAFF REPORT LHR: A project has been approved for the establishment of a tannery zone in Sialkot for climate change adaptation through tanneries relocation in leather industrial zone.

The project, Board of Administrators of Export Development Fund, will be implemented under the supervision of Environmental Protection Agency Punjab with the technical and financial assistance of the UNIDO.

The project will address the concerns of international buyers who often express alarms at the environmental issues caused by the tanning industry thus resulting in enhanced procurement orders from Pakistan, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce here.

The Board also approved holding of road shows in the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in May to showcase Pakistans products in pharmaceuticals, textiles, sports, surgical goods, agricultural products and auto parts.

These road shows would provide the private sector to establish business-to-business linkages and capitalize on the opportunities which had appeared as a result of the trade diplomacy of Pakistan, he added.

The Board also approved the project put forward by the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan to purchase hi-tech machinery to bring sophistication and modern technology in the production methods of surgical goods.

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