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July 11, 2011

Miliband urges new press watchdog

 Ed Miliband Mr Miliband says there is a “crisis of trust” in British newspapers Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the Press Complaints Commission to be scrapped in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at the News of World.


He said the PCC was “a toothless poodle” and a new body with “proper investigative powers” was needed.


While backing self-regulation, he said the press faced a “crisis of trust”.


Mr Miliband said the impending closure of the News of the World was “not the answer” to restoring trust and senior executives must “take responsibility”.


The Labour leader also said David Cameron had made “an appalling error of judgment” in employing former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his ex-director of communications and should apologise for having done so.


The News of the World is to close on Sunday following allegations crime victims and bereaved families may have had their mobile phones hacked into.


There have been claims that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked when she went missing in 2002, and that the families of the Soham murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and relatives of British armed forces personnel killed in action may also have been targeted.


The Metropolitan Police say they are seeking to contact 4,000 possible targets whose details have been found during the Operation Weeting investigation into phone hacking at the newspaper.


The government plans to announce the remit of two inquiries into the issue before Parliament’s summer recess but Mr Miliband and other senior politicians have said the prime minister should go further and set up a judge-led inquiry immediately.

‘Wholesale reform’

In a speech in London, the Labour leader said: “For too long, the political class have been too concerned about what people in the press would think and too fearful of speaking out.


“We must all bear responsibility for that, my party has not been immune from it, nor has the current government.”

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It was established to be a watchdog. But it has been exposed as a toothless poodle. It is time to put it out of its misery”

End Quote Ed Miliband on the PCC He said politicians must now lead “the call for change”.


“Our newspapers are part of our way of life. But they must reform in order to protect and restore their reputation.”


Mr Miliband has already called for a judge-led inquiry into events and for Mrs Brooks – who was editor of the News of the World at the time it is alleged murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked into – to resign.


But he said in his speech that “wholesale reform of our system of regulation” was now needed.


“The Press Complaints Commission has totally failed. It failed to get to the bottom of the allegations about what happened at News International in 2009.


“Its chair admits she was lied to but could do nothing about it. It was established to be a watchdog. But it has been exposed as a toothless poodle. It is time to put it out of its misery.


“The PCC has not worked. We need a new watchdog. There needs to be fundamental change.”

Coulson role

He said that his “instincts” were that self-regulation should continue but with a new body with board members with “greater independence” from those they regulate, proper investigative and enforcement powers”.


He said the change does not need to wait for the inquiry and called on the press to “take the initiative and start to make this happen”.


The Labour leader has said the prime minister has “serious questions” to answer about his decision to hire Mr Coulson – who resigned as NoW editor in 2006 after the paper’s royal editor and a private investigator working for the paper were jailed for phone hacking.


Mr Coulson, who left his No 10 role in January, has always denied he sanctioned or was aware of the practice while he was editor.


In his speech Mr Miliband said: “Putting it right for the prime minister means admitting the appalling error of judgement he made in hiring Andy Coulson, apologising for bringing him into the centre of the government machine and coming clean about what conversations he had with Andy Coulson before and after he was appointed about phone hacking.”


The Labour leader has urged the government to “think again” about its review of News Corporation’s proposed takeover of BSkyB, saying the deal could not be simply be waived through and the public must be confident that “the right decisions were being taken in the right way”.


In a BBC interview on Thursday, Mr Miliband was also asked about an e-mail sent out by his own head of strategy Tom Baldwin – another former News International journalist – who in January urged the shadow cabinet and not to link hacking to News Corp’s bid to fully takeover BSkyB.


Mr Miliband said: “I am comfortable with the position we have taken – which is to speak out on the hacking issues but also to say that the Competition Commission is the right body to make its rulings on BSkyB and I think that is absolutely right.”

July 8, 2011

Miliband urges new press watchdog

Ed Miliband Mr Miliband says there is a “crisis of trust” in British newspapers Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the Press Complaints Commission to be scrapped in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at the News of World.


He said the PCC was “a toothless poodle” and a new body with “proper investigative powers” was needed.


While backing self-regulation, he said the press faced a “crisis of trust”.


Mr Miliband said the impending closure of the News of the World was “not the answer” to restoring trust and senior executives must “take responsibility”.


The Labour leader also said David Cameron had made “an appalling error of judgment” in employing former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his ex-director of communications and should apologise for having done so.


The News of the World is to close on Sunday following allegations crime victims and bereaved families may have had their mobile phones hacked into.


There have been claims that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked when she went missing in 2002, and that the families of the Soham murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and relatives of British armed forces personnel killed in action may also have been targeted.


The Metropolitan Police say they are seeking to contact 4,000 possible targets whose details have been found during the Operation Weeting investigation into phone hacking at the newspaper.


The government plans to announce the remit of two inquiries into the issue before Parliament’s summer recess but Mr Miliband and other senior politicians have said the prime minister should go further and set up a judge-led inquiry immediately.

‘Wholesale reform’

In a speech in London, the Labour leader said: “For too long, the political class have been too concerned about what people in the press would think and too fearful of speaking out.


“We must all bear responsibility for that, my party has not been immune from it, nor has the current government.”

Continue reading the main story
It was established to be a watchdog. But it has been exposed as a toothless poodle. It is time to put it out of its misery”

End Quote Ed Miliband on the PCC He said politicians must now lead “the call for change”.


“Our newspapers are part of our way of life. But they must reform in order to protect and restore their reputation.”


Mr Miliband has already called for a judge-led inquiry into events and for Mrs Brooks – who was editor of the News of the World at the time it is alleged murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked into – to resign.


But he said in his speech that “wholesale reform of our system of regulation” was now needed.


“The Press Complaints Commission has totally failed. It failed to get to the bottom of the allegations about what happened at News International in 2009.


“Its chair admits she was lied to but could do nothing about it. It was established to be a watchdog. But it has been exposed as a toothless poodle. It is time to put it out of its misery.


“The PCC has not worked. We need a new watchdog. There needs to be fundamental change.”

Coulson role

He said that his “instincts” were that self-regulation should continue but with a new body with board members with “greater independence” from those they regulate, proper investigative and enforcement powers”.


He said the change does not need to wait for the inquiry and called on the press to “take the initiative and start to make this happen”.


The Labour leader has said the prime minister has “serious questions” to answer about his decision to hire Mr Coulson – who resigned as NoW editor in 2006 after the paper’s royal editor and a private investigator working for the paper were jailed for phone hacking.


Mr Coulson, who left his No 10 role in January, has always denied he sanctioned or was aware of the practice while he was editor.


In his speech Mr Miliband said: “Putting it right for the prime minister means admitting the appalling error of judgement he made in hiring Andy Coulson, apologising for bringing him into the centre of the government machine and coming clean about what conversations he had with Andy Coulson before and after he was appointed about phone hacking.”


The Labour leader has urged the government to “think again” about its review of News Corporation’s proposed takeover of BSkyB, saying the deal could not be simply be waived through and the public must be confident that “the right decisions were being taken in the right way”.


In a BBC interview on Thursday, Mr Miliband was also asked about an e-mail sent out by his own head of strategy Tom Baldwin – another former News International journalist – who in January urged the shadow cabinet and not to link hacking to News Corp’s bid to fully takeover BSkyB.


Mr Miliband said: “I am comfortable with the position we have taken – which is to speak out on the hacking issues but also to say that the Competition Commission is the right body to make its rulings on BSkyB and I think that is absolutely right.”

June 30, 2011

Textile Asia 2010

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PRESS RELEASE

Federal Advisor on Textile Inaugurated 7th Textile Asia 2010, Today, amid enormous fervor and enthusiasm at Karachi Expo Center

Karachi, April 10, 2010: Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Federal Advisor on Textile, Ministry of Textile Industry inaugurated 7th Textile Asia 2010, the Int’l Textile & Garment Machinery Show. H.E. Mr. Rida El Farsi, Ambassador of Morocco, Mr. Ishtiaq Baig, Honorary Consul General of Morocco, Mr. V.S. Sidhat Kumar, Consul General of Srilanka, Mr. Abdul Ahad Khaliqyar, Consul General of Afghanistan with foreign delegates were also present at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The 3-day Event is organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan.

Textile Asia 2010, the Int’l Textile & Garment Machinery Show is the only UFI (Paris) Approved Event of the industry in South Asia, which provides enormous opportunities of learning, information sharing, mutual cooperation and combined projects to all the stakeholders in the most opportune sector of Textile in Asia.

Textile and Garment are two of Pakistan’s principal industries contributing more than 67% to total export earnings, accounting for around 46% of total manufacturing and employing over 38% of the manufacturing labor force. Over USD 3.5 billion of textile and garment machinery has been imported in Pakistan in the last few years that has significantly improved the quality and productivity of Pakistan textile products in the last few years and the Government of Pakistan is targeting over USD 10 billion of exports of textiles and garments made-ups in the successive years.

The International Textile Asia 2010 International Garment & machinery Exhibition is one of the most promising and enduring Events to be held for the 7th successive year and is proud to be the official event of the Federal Ministry of Textile Industry. The event is being organized at the most opportune time when the government is looking forward to modernize and upgrade the textile sector of the country for better quality products and enhanced productivity. The exhibition aims to focus on the immense buying selling potential of textile & garment machinery, accessories, raw material supplies, chemicals and allied services under one roof.

7th Textile Asia 2010, the Int’l Textile & Garment Machinery Show is being organized with the support of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Ministry of Textile Industry, Board of Investment (BOI), Government of Sindh, City District Government Karachi (CDGK), China Texmatech Co., China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA), Textile Machinery Manufacture and Accessories Association (TEMSAD), Tuyap Fairs & Exhibitions Organization Inc. Turkey, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Manf. & Exp. Association (PCFA), All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Knitwear & Sweater Exporters Association (PAKSEA), Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacture & Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturing Association, Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association, Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association, Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Pakistan Commercial Exporters of Towels Association, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Pakistan Textile Journal, Jamal’s Yellow Pages and all the related government departments/bodies.

Textile Asia will display revolutionary technologies of more than 349 international brands from 37 countries, besides more than 40,000 trade/corporate visitors and more than 212 foreign delegates are attending the event.

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Speech of the Chief Guest Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig,

Federal Advisor on Textile, Ministry of Textile Industry,

Government of Pakistan at Inauguration Ceremony of

7th Textile Asia 2010 Int’l Exhibition

at Karachi Expo Centre

President Ecommerce Gateway, Dr. Khursheed Nizam, Executive Director Ecommerce Gateway, Mr. Sohail Aziz, Foreign Delegates distinguished guests, My Media Friends, ladies & gentlemen

Assalam-o-Alaikum

Its my privilege to be present at the Inauguration Ceremony of 7th Textile Asia 2010 Int’l Exhibition, the annual Textile and Garment Machinery Show of Textile Industry of Pakistan.

I am delighted to learn that more than 212 foreign delegates are attending Textile Asia this year. I welcome the foreign delegates and encourage them to capitalize from the immense unexplored business opportunities Pakistan offers. 349 international brands from 37 countries are being demonstrated at Textile Asia.

Textile Asia is a landmark event that is in line with the thrust of the government’s agenda to promote investment in the Textile sector of Pakistan. This event fully reflects the investment potential Pakistan offers for modernization of the textile sector and the scale of international participation reflects their confidence in the potential for business and trade in Pakistan; in the present leadership and the future of Pakistan.

This is mainly due to the laxity towards the promotion of value added sector. Pakistan should learn a lesson from Bangladesh, which, by importing yarn and fabrics from Pakistan and other countries, has increased the export volume of Textiles made ups. The new five year Textile Policy (2009-2014) focus to promote Value added sector in Textiles.

Distinguished Guests and delegates;

Pakistan is transforming itself from being a stagnant economy to fast-paced emergent economy as a result of the structural reforms introduced by the present government in the areas of investment, business and trade in

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addition to covering social, political, judiciary and security. The present government’s policies of regularization, privatization and liberalization have given a boost to the industrial and commercial activities in all sectors alike. The results of such initiatives are visible in the form of these successful international exhibitions organized by Ecommerce Gateway.

The geographical location of Pakistan warrants unique proposition to make investments here. As Pakistan lies at crossroads to South Asia, Gulf and Central Asia, it gives direct market access to more than half a population of the world that lives here.

Investors enjoy full legal protection for their investment; have 100 per cent equity with no bar on transfer of dividends which is a proof that Pakistan has one of the most congenial business environments in the region. It is noteworthy that 500 to 600 foreign firms are operating in Pakistan.

Distinguished Guests and delegates;

Now, I would like to draw your attention to what opportunities await for you in the textile sector of Pakistan and will present a brief of the initiatives taken by the present government to facilitate investment in this important sector of Pakistan.

I would like to clarify that no Pakistani Industries are shifting to Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi currency is now stronger compared to the currencies of many countries in the region and their textile & apparel exporters are losing competitiveness due to the strong taka against the dollar. Furthermore they are also facing shortage of natural gas for the industries. Recently they have cut gas supply to their Fertilizer Industries.

LITTLE ABOUT OUR TEXTILE INDUSTRY

The present Global Scenario of Textile Industry with particular reference to the position of Pakistan in the International Textile Market is given here for the interest of our readers. The demand for textiles in the world is around $18 trillion, which is likely to be increased by 6.5%. China is the leading Textile exporter of the world’s total exports of US$ 400 billion. Country wise major market shares of the textile exporting countries are: China: $ 55 billion, Hong Kong:$ 38 billion, Korea: $ 35 billion, Taiwan:$ 16 billion, Indonesia and Pakistan:$ 9 billion.

Though Pakistan has emerged as one of the major cotton textile product suppliers in the world market with a share of world yarn trade of about 30% and cotton fabric about 8%, having total export of $ 7.4 billion which accounts for only 1.2% of the over all share. Out of this Cotton fabric is 0.02%, Made-ups is 0.18% and Garments is 0.15%.

To facilitate business and trade, Pakistan is aggressively taking up with EU and USA to give duty free market access to Pakistani textile products and Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan is going to Brussels this month for an important meeting with EU in this regard. Pakistan has also raised this issue of market access with US in the recent Pak-US Strategic Dialogues. Moreover, Pakistan is also strengthening economic co-operation with regional countries and have already signed FTA with China and Sri Lanka.

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Textile sector is the backbone of our economy having 55% of our total exports and 38% job creation in the manufacturing sector and holds great importance as it significantly contributes to our exports and foreign exchange earnings. Keeping the said opportunities in view, modernization and up gradation of Textile sector is important to improve the quality of value added products Pakistan exports and to make the country better equipped for competing in the world. In addition, it would also help create jobs; alleviate poverty and assist the present government fight terrorism and extremism.

OUR STRENGHTS ARE:

  • 4th largest producer of Cotton Yarn and Cloth in the World after China which is No. 1.
  • We have signed MOU with Monsanto for BT cotton to improve the yield per acre which is now low and at 13th position in the world.Ranks 2nd in export of yarn and 3rd in export of cloth.
  • We have large spinning capacity – with major part of European, Japanese & Chinese Machinery.
  • Ample availability of cheap labour.
  • Good markets for products.
  • Large domestic market.

WHEREAS WEAKNESSES ARE:

  • Low productivity resulting in high labour costs.
  • Limited skills development facilities.
  • Low value addition
  • Small product and market base
  • Little Research and Development

GOVT. INITIATIVES:

  • Textile City in Karachi
  • Garment Cities in Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad.
  • Industrial Park in Karachi
  • Dedicated Economic Zones

The present government has identified textile as a key priority area and is making all possible efforts to set the right policies and incentives that encourages private sector investment in value addition and expansion in a bid to gain wider access to the international markets. We have fixed an ambitious target of US $ 25 Billion till 2014 in the new five year Textile Policy with 2 times value addition target.

Pakistan has also embarked on a wide-ranging initiative to increase its attractiveness to foreign investors in the textile sector. The new Textile Policy 2009-2014 announced by the government of Pakistan allows various incentives including concessional financing (LTF) to encourage capital investment in value added textile sector. The government of Pakistan has also withdrawn custom duty on import of plant and machinery by the manufacturing industries and working hard to get duty free market access for our textile products for EU and US markets. Our Textile Industry has invested US $ 6 Billion under BMR during 1999 to 2003.

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Distinguished guests and delegates;

I would like to invite the participants in joint ventures to take advantage of investment friendly environment in Pakistan and exploit the untapped potential textile sector offers as we gear up for increasing our share of value added textile products in the world market.

I assure you that the government of Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to provide an environment that guarantees security of investment made in Pakistan.

In the end, I would like to appreciate the efforts of Dr. Khursheed Nizam & the team of Ecommerce Gateway for organizing this wonderful event. Organization of such exhibitions not only plays an important role in furthering present government’s agenda to attract foreign investment and promote business but also highlights the corrective image of Pakistan as a safe and secure place for business.

I wish Textile Asia 2010 a great success and Foreign Delegates a pleasant stay in Pakistan.

Thank you.

Pakistan – Paindabad.

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