Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) Italian Ambassador H.E Andreas Ferrarese paid visit to first of its kind Italy-Pakistan Footwear Technological Center (IPFTC). The project is a joint venture of Pakistan & Italian Government initiative through Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association collaboration. IPFTC is equipped with a CAD-CAM Pattern Grading / Cutting and a Mechanical Physical Tests Laboratory for footwear. All the machinery and technical assistance for this project has been provided by the Italian Government and from Pakistan side PFMA have provided Managerial support, premises, paid costs of transportation and customs duty on equipment imported for this facility.
PFMA Chairman Mr. Imran Malik welcomed Honorable Italian Ambassador for his gracious visit and briefed about the current working progress and project success. On this occassion, while sharing his views he stated that “ I’m grateful to Italian Ambassador whose personal efforts has made this project successful and PFMA would always remember the valuable contribution and efforts of His Excellency Andreas Ferrarese for his auspicious support to Footwear Industry of Pakistan. The IPFTC strengthened Industrial ties between two countries and enabled Local producer to enhance their productivity to bring it at par excellence with International standards. PFMA will fully utilized this facility for development of Footwear Industry of Pakistan to produce high quality shoes using new technologies to make it major exporting Industry of Pakistan”.
Italian Ambassador H.E. Andreas Ferrarese lauded the project progress and praised PFMA chairman on successful running it. “I hold in high esteem the commitments of PFMA Mr. Imran Malik to turn this project into reality. IPFTC state of the art machinery will enable PFMA and its members to tackle every changing need of this industry. This cooperation will strengthen our conventional brotherhood ties with Pakistan and help Industry to explore better opportunities in each other country. I’m overwhelmed to see its progress under PFMA management and hopeful that this trend continues to improve as we progress further. Italian Government whole heartedly committed to strengthened its ties with Pakistan Government on other venues wherever we find opportunity”.
He underlined that the youth of Pakistan is full of high potential. If utilized properly by enhancing their skills we can make them productive. Indeed the project of IPFTC aims to train the youth in a innovative way to take full advantage of the footwear industry and to earn their livelihood in a graceful manner.
IPFTC will offer complete environment for footwear industry to adapt to most advance techniques to develop quality products and enhance their existing skills to meet ever-changing demand of International market. Our cooperation will continue to thrive upon with more business opportunities.
This innovative Project which will be a stepping stone toward betterment of Pakistan Footwear Industry in a long run and help to provide support to Local footwear industry to better equipped themselves with latest techniques and skills of the contemporary footwear art.