Im­prove­ment Model

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Pak­istan’s ready­made gar­ments in­dus­try has to con­tin­u­ously strug­gle to com­pete with other Asian gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing mar­kets. To achieve this, the fol­low­ing growth model can help in the sec­tor’s de­vel­op­ment. Sur­face level im­prove­ment 1. Com­pet­i­tive­ness Ba­sic ma­chin­ery re­quired for man­u­fac­tur­ing should be mod­ern­ized and strict qual­ity con­trol mea­sures put in place to in­crease com­pet­i­tive­ness. 2. Lead time Lead time should be de­creased by im­prov­ing the tech­nol­ogy used in the in­dus­try. New and more modern ma­chin­ery can re­duce the time taken to de­liver the or­der. Deep Level Im­prove­ment

3. Link­age ex­pan­sion There should be a back­ward link­age ex­pan­sion as col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween gar­ment and the tex­tile in­dus­try must take place. Lead times can be re­duced by sourc­ing raw ma­te­rial lo­cally and not re­ly­ing on imports. 4. Com­pli­ance The in­ter­na­tional code of con­duct has to be fol­lowed in re­cruit­ing per­son­nel. No worker should be be­low18 years old and all em­ploy­ees should be given a healthy and safe environment to work in. Com­pa­nies should es­pe­cially fo­cus on the so­cial com­pli­ance is­sues of the for­eign com­pany they are deal­ing with. 5. In­di­rect im­prove­ment Govern­ment of Pak­istan should take ini­tia­tives to­wards main­tain­ing a quota- free trade sys­tem, re­duc­tion of in­ap­pro­pri­ate taxes and tar­iffs, im­prove­ment in power sup­ply to in­dus­tries, re­duc­tion in price fluc­tu­a­tions and strict con­trol over so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues of the in­dus­try

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